PDM boycotts proceedings as SC rejects full court request

By: News Desk
Published: 10:50 PM, 25 Jul, 2022
PDM boycotts proceedings as SC rejects full court request
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The ruling coalition partners have announced boycotting proceedings after the Supreme Court rejected their request for constituting a full court on petitions related to the Punjab chief minister’s re-election and a review of its interpretation of Article 63-A.

Addressing a press conference, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President Fazlur Rehman and other leaders refused to budge over the full court demand.

"We will not appear before this three-judge bench," Fazl said, insisting on interference in government affairs must be avoided.

"We made the full bench request in accordance with the law," he stressed.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the full court demand was for the dignity of the judiciary.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the full court decision will be acceptable for all and now it is up to the top court.

Earlier in the day, a three-judge bench turned down the plea from the ruling parties and the lawyers' bodies to form a full court to hear the case about the Punjab deputy speaker ruling along with the review petition of Article 63A on Monday.

In the previous media talks, Maryam Nawaz came down hard on the SC bench, saying she had been advised not to hold the media talk as it would affect her appeal in the Panama case that was being heard by the Islamabad High Court and was in its “final stages”.

Court judgments leave an impact for decades and it intensifies with the passage of time. The daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said the contempt of institutions came from within. 

She said people in fact got to know about the judgment on the formation of the full bench. She rued the presence of a ‘certain judge’ in every bench