AJK Supreme Court orders calling separate assembly session for PM election

By: News Desk
Published: 02:17 PM, 16 Apr, 2022
AJK Supreme Court orders calling separate assembly session for PM election
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A full-bench of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Supreme Appellate Court on Saturday ordered convening a separate session of the AJK Legislative Assembly for the election of Leader of the House, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

The bench consisted of Chief Justice (CJ) Raja Saeed Akram, Justice Raza Ali Khan, Justice Khawaja Muhammad Naseem and Justice Muhammad Younus Tahir.  

Giving its ruling on the petition filed against the ‘stay’ granted by the AJK High Court in the case of election of state’s new prime minister, AJK’s apex court observed that the courts could not order a halt to the assembly’s proceedings, and that assembly’s session had become meaningless after the resignation of the prime minister. “Hence calling the session was an ‘unconstitutional’ step,” the court said.

“Therefore, secretary law and principal secretary are directed to bring this to the notice of AJK president to convene assembly’s session so that the new prime minister could be elected,” the apex court said.      

The Azad Kashmir High Court had yesterday (April 15, 2022) ordered to halt the AJK Legislative Assembly proceedings until Monday (April 18) while declaring speaker’s actions illegal.

A two-judge bench of AJK High Court comprising Justice Shahid Bahar and Justice Sardar Ijaz on Friday pronounced their verdict on the petition filed by the opposition. 

The bench declared the AJK speaker’s action regarding holding of election for new prime minister of the Legislative Assembly today illegal. 

The court nullified the PM’s election proceeding that was due to be held in the AJK assembly at 4:30pm today (Friday) and issued a stay order for halting election till Monday.  

On the other hand, sources revealed that the PTI would go to the AJK Supreme Appellate Court to challenge the decision of the high court.  

Reporter: Safeer Raza