SC rejects PTI’s petition for suspending changes made to NAB law

Seeks replies from NAB, government on issue  

By: News Desk
Published: 03:00 PM, 19 Jul, 2022
SC rejects PTI’s petition for suspending changes made to NAB law
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Rejecting the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) petition, seeking suspension of the amendments made recently to the NAB law, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday refused to grant a ‘stay’ in the case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The SC also issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the federal government to submit their replies in the case.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the petition.

CJP Bandial, in his remarks, said such matters should be settled in the parliament. “The court can interfere in the parliament’s matters only after lot of thinking and calculation,” he added.

 “I will also advise the PTI to participate in debates on such bills,” he said, and asked PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi as to why he and his party men were not in the parliament when these amendments were being passed. “Only President Arif Alvi had condemned the passage of these amendments,” the CJP remarked.

“For God’s sake, think about the country. One of the country’s largest political parties was not there in the House at the time of passage of these bills and now it complains that these amendments were unconstitutional,” he wondered.   

He further remarked that the government had signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but was not owning it. “The price of Pak Rupee against the US dollar keeps fluctuating every day, and the state of the country’s economy is bad,” he regretted.

CJP Bandial went on to say that in democracy there was no substitute of parliament. “Nobody can replace the parliament,” he emphasized.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said the same question was also in his mind as to why the PTI members of the parliament (MPs) did not attend the sessions at which these changes to the NAB law were passed. “The fact is that the party’s MPs preferred to submit their resignations in protest against the removal of their government as a result of voting on the no-trust motion,” he said, and added, “This was despite the fact that the PTI MNAs enjoyed the support and trust of their electorate.”

Justice Ijazul Ahsan was also of the same view that the PTI ought to have raised its voice on the issue in the House.  

Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the apex court that the PTI did try to give its opinion on these amendments. “We think that these changes are against the constitution,” he added.

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori