Senate polls: CJ dissatisfied over PPP, PML-N going again on open poll settlement

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Thursday expressed disappointment over the PPP and the PML-N reneging on an settlement signed by two parties– The Charter of Democracy– to eliminate secret balloting , based on Geo News. 

A five-member bigger bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Yahya Afridi was listening to the presidential reference searching for an opinion on open balloting for the upcoming Senate elections.

During the listening to, the Advocate General of Punjab Ahmad Awais agreed with Attorney-General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan’s standpoint that parliamentarians had been sure by their get together’s code of self-discipline and in case of any violation, motion could be taken towards them.

Responding to a question of the chief justice, the advocate normal stated a lawmaker could be disqualified for both shopping for or promoting votes however not for voting towards the get together’s coverage.

After the Punjab advocate normal had concluded his arguments, the Advocate General of Sindh Sultan Talib ud Din introduced his arguments, stating that everybody has heard about horse-trading however nobody has ever produced any proof to again it up.

“The court should steer clear of questions of a political nature,” he stated, including that the Election Commission of Pakistan ought to as an alternative be allowed to fulfil its duties.

“The Supreme Court can only answer questions that are raised,” stated the Attorney General of Sindh, including that it has an “advisory” function.

At this, the chief justice responded by saying that the Constitution is a political doc and when the court docket interprets it, then it’s finishing up a political job.

The Advocate General for Sindh stated that there isn’t a proof that introducing open balloting would eradicate horse-trading.

“We can not say whether open balloting will eliminate horse-trading but it is disappointing that the PPP and the PML-N have gone back on their earlier agreement,” responded the chief justice.

“Both parties agreed to bring an end to the secret balloting method in the Charter of Democracy but now they are not implementing it,” Justice Gulzar Ahmed stated.

At this, the Attorney General of Sindh stated that with out amending Article 226, the needs of the federal authorities can’t be fulfilled.

The advocate generals of Islamabad, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab all supported the arguments introduced by the Attorney-General for Pakistan.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed stated that Article 63-A doesn’t apply to the Senate elections whereas Article 59 doesn’t point out secret balloting.

The listening to was postponed until Friday. 

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