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IHC declares contempt of court petition against PDM leaders inadmissible for hearing

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The Islamabad High Court on Friday dismissed a contempt of court petition filed against Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders Fazlur Rehman, Rana Sanaullah and Maryam Nawaz, among others, declaring it inadmissible for hearing.

The application was filed a day earlier by Ali Ijaz Butter and fixed for hearing today with objections from the Registrar’s Office.

“What is your request?” Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, who heard the petition, asked the petitioner’s counsel, Naeem Haider Panjutha.

“Anti-judiciary statements were made on social media by these leaders,” the counsel replied.

“Is there any mention about this high court?” Justice Kayani asked.

“You should go to the Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court, as these are the courts you have spoken of,” the judge told the lawyer.

At one point, Justice Kayani said: “The petitioner is from Lahore, why does he prefer this court?”

“Tell the petitioner that there are courts in Lahore too,”  he added.

The judge noted that “at the time the remarks were made, they fell on deaf ears”.

The court subsequently dismissed the petition as inadmissible for hearing, asking the petitioner to approach the relevant forums.

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The petition had named Maryam Nawaz, Rana Sanaullah, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Attaullah Tarar and Marriyum Aurangzeb as respondents.

According to the petitioner, “while watching social media”, he came across a number of statements, media talks and videos of the PDM leaders. He said he was “shocked to see that the respondents who represent the ruling elite of Pakistan and are running the affairs of the federal government unfortunately, don’t have respect for the institutions of Pakistan, especially the judiciary, which is the most sacred institution”.

The petition said that the respondents have “time and again” used “contemptuous language” against the honourable judges of the Supreme Court, as well as judges of the honourable high courts.

“These attitudes, acts, and speeches are not only contemptuous, but have also scandalised the honourable judges of the high court and Supreme Court of Pakistan,” read the petition.

It added that these acts and statements of the respondents have “shattered” the confidence of the public in the judiciary and the judicial system.

With the petition, transcript of media talks, press conferences and speeches by the PDM leaders were attached.

It was prayed that the respondents be summoned in person, tried for contempt and punished under the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 read with Article 204 (Contempt of Court) of the Constitution of Pakistan.

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On April 16, President Zardari will speak to the joint session of parliament.

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As to the press statement from the President’s House, the joint session of parliament is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 16, at 1600 hours.

In accordance with Article 56(3) of the Constitution, which states that the President “shall address both Houses assembled together and inform the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) of the causes of its summons” at the beginning of the first session following each general election to the National Assembly and at the beginning of the first session of each year,” he would address the joint session.

By virtue of the authority granted by Articles 54 (1) and 56 (3) of the Constitution, President Zardari called a joint session of the legislature.

It is important to note that National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq chaired the previous joint session of Parliament, which was called on March 9th in preparation for the presidential elections.

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The PPP seeks assistance from political parties in the election of the Senate chairman.

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The PPP special committee members have contacted other political parties in an attempt to get votes for Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, the party’s nominee for the Senate majority.

In order to create a plan for the chairman’s election, Senator Sherry Rehman and Naveed Qamar reached out to former PM Gillani.
According to Sherry Rehman, Yousaf Raza Gillani has a resounding majority in the Senate, and the PPP, together with its allies, will demonstrate its dominance in the chamber tomorrow (Tuesday).

It should be noted that tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., President Asif Ali Zardari will convene the Senate.

In addition to the newly elected senators taking an oath during the Senate session, the election of the chairman and deputy chairman will also take place on the same day.

On Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recommendation, the president had previously signed a summary designating Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar as the presiding officer of the senate session.

37 candidates who were selected to fill Senate seats in the most recent election were notified by the election commission.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s eleven Senate seats are still up for election.

Analysts stated that the election of the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the process because there are just 11 lawmakers holding KP seats.

There is currently no election calendar for the 11 open KP Senate seats.

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Core Committee: PTI to abstain from Senate Chairman and Dy Chairman elections

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It has also been determined by the party to file a legal challenge against the election of the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman.

According to PTI core committee sources, the election was unlawful because the home was not completed. According to insiders, “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s election was unconstitutional because senators were not elected.”

In the absence of the chairman, PTI sources claimed, “the house has been dysfunctional.” Except in administrative matters, the Senate Secretariat was unable to make decisions.

The sources stated that under pressure, “the Secretary Senate could not himself interpret the constitution.”

“Without the Senate Chairman, the upper chamber has merely functioned as a department,” the sources stated, calling for constitutional violations against individuals responsible for the dysfunction of the Senate.

Sources continued, “It is the first time the Senate has been rendered inoperative in the nation’s democratic history.”

A petition was previously submitted with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), which is supported by the Pakistan Terrorists (PTI), asking for a postponement of the Senate chairman and deputy chairman elections due to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s lack of Senate elections.

In the case where the petitioner asked the ECP to call an early election for the province’s 11 Senate seats, attorney Hamid Khan filed the plea on the SIC’s behalf.

Postponing the April 9 Senate chairman and deputy chairman election is recommended by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed SIC, which claims that the Electoral College will be incomplete without the KP Senate poll.

Recall that the opposition members’ application led to the provincial election commissioner in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa postponing the Senate elections on April 2.

Because the disagreement over the oath-taking of the opposition members elected to reserved seats in the KP Assembly has not been settled, the opposition members had moved the ECP.

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