PML-N files intra-court appeal against presidential ordinance

By: News Desk      Published: 12:33 PM, 20 Oct, 2021
PML-N files intra-court appeal against presidential ordinance
File photo of IHC.

Terming the presidential ordinance, promulgated to make the lawmakers bound to take oath of their offices within 60 days of winning their respective seats, based on a mala fide intent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday filed an intra-court appeal in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against it, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

By filing the appeal, the party challenged the decision given by a single-member bench of the IHC in the case.

It made the federal government, the law ministry, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and secretary Senate as respondents in the petition. 

An objection has been raised in the petition that the ordinance was promulgated within 30 days of the adjournment of the National Assembly’s (NA) session, and that the government is trying to snatch the power of legislation from the parliament through ordinances. 

PML-N accuses the government in the petition of promulgating the ordinance solely to ‘target’ it. “Therefore, it is prayed to the court to declare the ordinance null and void since it is against the constitution,” the petition reads.   

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday rejected the petition filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) against the presidential ordinance making it binding on members of the parliament to take oath within 60 days of their elections

Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah heard the petition.

PML-N yesterday (Thursday) filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the presidential ordinance.

Reporter Ihtesham Kiani