SC throws out petitions seeking presidential form of govt
Upholding the objections raised by the registrar, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday threw out the applications, seeking the presidential system of government in the country, saying these were inadmissible for hearing, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the petitioners’ arguments.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial, on the occasion, remarked it had also to be seen whether the petitioners were the people who were relevant to the issue. “The court has also to look into the fact that when there are already some popular political parties in the country, what is the reason behind these people filing these applications,” he added.
Furthermore, the judge said, it had also to be examined whether these petitions raised some solid points with respect to human rights.
Speaking on the occasion, Ahmad Raza Kasuri, counsel for the petitioners, asked if politicians did not think about the betterment of the country, should he also do the same?
“Among the makers of the constitution of 1973, I am the only person who is alive today,” he said.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked that under Article 46 of the constitution, a prime minister was supposed to present an issue before the joint session of parliament for a ‘referendum’. “The question is, whether this issue has been presented before the prime minister or the parliament for consideration,” he said, and questioned, “Is the introduction of a presidential form of government in the country only one person’s desire?”
Advocate Kasuri replied that he was not an ‘individual’ but an ‘institution’.
Justice Muneeb Akhtar asked, “Kasuri sab, will you please tell us as to why you did not oppose the introduction of a parliamentary form of government in the country when 1973 constitution was in the making and you were member of the parliament then?”
Advocate Kasuri replied that he had opposed the document even then.
This made Justice Muneeb ask him as to why he was claiming to be one of the architects of the constitution when he had just said he had opposed when it was being discussed in the parliament.
When Kasuri said he had seen the country split in 1971, Justice Mansoor asked him not to drag the court in matters not relevant to it.
Reporter: Zeeshan Bhatti