'Court Can't Direct Speaker To Reverse Decision On PTI Resignations'

'Court Can't Direct Speaker To Reverse Decision On PTI Resignations'
It is the prerogative of Speaker National Assembly to accept resignations of lawmakers, and there is no legal standing for the court to issue directives for its review, said PILDAT chief Ahmed Bilal Mehboob.

While talking to anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada, the expert said he was amazed at the directives given to the Speaker National Assembly.

Earlier today, the Lahore High Court annulled the notification of NA Speaker, according to which he had accepted the resignations of 72 PTI MNAs.

While hearing the plea filed by the former lawmakers, the court asked the Speaker to review his decision.

The MNAs who had filed the plea, included Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, Hammad Azhar, Shafqat Mehmood, Sheikh Rasheed, Nausheen Hamid, Sobia Kamal Khan, and others.

Once the resignations have been submitted and the Speaker accepts them, and the same is notified by the Elections Commission, then as per rules, there's no provision to withdraw the decision, he said.

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The decision of approving the resignations rests solely with the Speaker, who has to confirm if such the move is genuine and has not been made under duress.

Once he has reviewed it to his satisfaction and sent them to the electoral authority, the decision is to be considered final, PILDAT chief maintained.

Reiterating that it is not within the court's ambit to send out such a direction, he said there are different branches of the government, and one cannot override the other.

What the court could do, he said, was to refer the matter back to the competent authority. "The decision would prove to be an extension of the NA-judiciary confrontation, and it would increase polarisation."

The Supreme Court and the ruling coalition have been engaged in a confrontation over Punjab election.

The ruling parties and the ECP maintain the stance that the financial and security circumstances do not allow for the polls to take place at this time.