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CJP decides to open Supreme Court’s doors at 12am: sources

  • CJP instructs officials to open doors of top court, sources say.
  • Apex court had ordered to hold voting on no-confidence vote on April 9.
  • But NA Speaker Asad Qaiser is yet to implement decision.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial has decided to open the Supreme Court’s doors in light of the current political situation, sources said.

The chief justice has instructed the relevant officials of the top court to open the doors at 12am, sources said, as the National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser is yet to allow voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Meanwhile, Islamabad High Court’s doors are also being opened on the instructions of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, sources said.

It is worth mentioning that on April 3, NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion and on advise of the premier, President Arif Alvi dissolved the lower house of the parliament — as he had effectively lost the majority in the NA.

But despite the government’s manoeuvres to dismiss the no-confidence motion against the prime minister, the Supreme Court took suo motu notice on the matter and revoked all the decisions.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan restored the National Assembly on April 7 after it declared the government’s decision to dissolve the assembly and Suri’s ruling against the Constitution.

The top court had ordered speaker Qasier to summon the session on Saturday no later than 10:30am to allow the vote on the no-confidence motion against the premier.

But the decision is yet to be implemented.

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