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Legal experts weigh in on Supreme Court’s ruling



A five-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, has unanimously declared the deputy speaker’s ruling to stop the no-confidence motion as well as the dissolution of the national assembly by the prime minister as contrary to the law and constitution.

The Court has also ordered for the national assembly to be restored, and for the vote of no confidence to be held on April 9.

On Sunday, the deputy speaker of the national assembly blocked the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan terming it a “foreign conspiracy”. Later the prime minister dissolved the national assembly and called for a fresh election. The same day the Supreme Court took up the case to decide whether the deputy speaker had the legal and constitutional authority to sidestep the no-trust move.

“Supreme Court rises up to the occasion”

Legal expert Muneeb Farooq tweeted that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has risen up to the occasion and has “declared every action of April 3 as unconstitutional”.

“Thankfully, we are celebrating this order that has torn to shreds the actions of April 3. It is should be embarrassing for the ruling party for they did not conduct themselves in an honourable and graceful way.”

“The constitution wins”

Lawyer Salaar Khan tweeted that the constitution had won, adding that “may the doctrine of necessity forever remain six feet beneath the ground.”

“Faith in sanctity of constitution strengthened”

Legal expert Reema Omer said on the social media website that “faith in the sanctity of the constitution” had been strengthened, adding that it was not impractical or idealistic to have this expectation from the Court.

“ECP’s role important”

The Election Commission of Pakistan told the Court that an election cannot be held before seven or eight months, which must have also played a role in the final decision, lawyer Kamran Murtaza told Geo News, adding that either the prime minister should resign or face the vote of no trust.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan has both options,” he said. 

“For the first time in three decades”

Lawyer Asad Rahim Khan tweeted that it was a “good day for the constitution and for the sanctity of parliament”.

He added that “for the first time in almost three decades, the Supreme Court has not only held dissolution illegal but also restored parliament – ensuring none of the moral greyness we had with the Junejo-era verdict.”

‘PTI should send notices to its lawmakers’

Legal expert Reza Ali tweeted that the ruling PTI should follow the process to send show-cause notices to it the lawmakers from its party who have defected. 

‘Democracy at its finest’

Shedding light on the judgment, lawyer Zoe Khan said that the decision of the SC today reflected “democracy at its finest”.

“The beauty of today’s Supreme Court judgment is that 5 of 5 Learned Judges unanimously upheld the sanctity of the Constitution of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Democracy at its finest! Pakistan Zindabad,” she tweeted.

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government contests Imran Khan and Qureshi’s exoneration in the cipher case




On Thursday, the federal government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court contesting the exoneration of former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the well-known cipher case.

Citing procedural and jurisdictional issues, the Ministry of Interior has appealed the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) ruling.

In hearing the cipher case, the High Court allegedly overreached its power, arguing that judges cannot change laws where Parliament has not expressly passed legislation.

Despite receiving government-funded legal representation, the petition emphasized Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s lack of cooperation during the trial, submitting 65 separate motions and neglecting to cross-examine witnesses.

The petition contended that in order for a retrial to satisfy legal standards, the High Court should have ignored important evidence that was given during the trial. It requests that the appeals contesting the IHC’s June 3 acquittal be given a hearing date by the Supreme Court.

Case history

The cipher issue concerns a supposed diplomatic document that disappeared from Imran Khan’s custody. The cipher allegedly contained threats from the US to remove Khan from office, according to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Shah Mehmood Qureshi and several aides, including Asad Umar, are named in the First Information Report (FIR) submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in accordance with Section 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act.

The then-foreign secretary received a diplomatic cipher from Washington on March 7, 2022, according to the FIR. The lawsuit claims that by manipulating the data for their own benefit, Khan and Qureshi put the safety of the country at risk. It alleges that on March 28, 2022, Khan secretly met at his Bani Gala home and gave his Principal Secretary, Muhammad Azam Khan, instructions to change the content of the cipher to his advantage, jeopardizing national security.

The document asserts that Khan still has custody of the cipher, jeopardizing Pakistan’s encrypted messaging systems and possibly helping foreign forces, which would be detrimental to the nation. A complaint has been filed by the FIA’s Anti-Terrorism Wing against Khan, Qureshi, and other individuals for improper use of state secrets and unapproved possession of the cipher.

Acquittal by the Islamabad High Court

In the cipher case, on June 3, the IHC cleared Khan and Qureshi when Justice Aamir Farooq issued a succinct ruling in their favor. Their sentences were appealed in the case, which has since been a source of political and legal controversy, leading to their acquittal.

This acquittal and the ongoing legal and political struggles surrounding the cipher case are highlighted by the government’s subsequent move to contest it.

With potentially huge ramifications for the parties involved and the larger political scene, the Supreme Court’s decision over whether to hear the appeal will be keenly scrutinized.

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urges political stability in order to accelerate economic expansion.




Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former prime minister, emphasized on Thursday how important political stability is to Pakistan’s economic development and how the nation cannot prosper without it.

His concern was that export growth had not progressed, and he emphasized that stability in the current climate is vital to draw investments and carry out the necessary reforms.

In his criticism of the tax system, Abbasi brought up the erratic nature of tax laws and the transient nature of the most recent tax slab implementation. Insisting that difficult choices are unavoidable for economic recovery, he emphasized the necessity of designing a tax system that is equitable and does not burden the people.

Furthermore, arguing that the effectiveness of organizations like the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is essential for economic governance and transparency, Abbasi urged for changes within these and other organizations.

Abbasi, in his discussion of more comprehensive fiscal plans, suggested that the National Finance Commission (NFC) award be reviewed again and that power distribution companies (DISCOs) be decentralized to the provinces.

In order to reduce inefficiencies and corruption at the provincial level, he recommended looking into ways to share the cost of defense spending and decentralize the management of energy resources.

In closing, Abbasi emphasized that Pakistan’s economic trajectory will stay stagnant unless comprehensive changes are implemented immediately. To move the nation towards sustainable progress, he urged policymakers to give stability and structural reforms first priority.

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Through in-app QR payments, Zindigi and SBP streamline transactions involving sacrificial animals.




With its in-app QR code payment system based on Raast, Zindigi—powered by JS Bank—has elevated the convenience of cashless payments for the procurement of sacrificial animals to a whole new level for Eid ul Adha.

This program uses QR code payments to streamline transactions for sacrificed animals for the general public and traders. It is a component of the State Bank of Pakistan’s Raast quick payment service.

This feature enables users of Zindigi and users of any digital banking apps or wallets to safely and easily make payments at certain cattle markets throughout Pakistan using Zindigi QR. The consumer must scan the QR code of the livestock merchant and pay the transaction amount in order to complete the payment.

In order to further financial inclusion and digital innovation in Pakistan’s developing economy, Zindigi and the State Bank of Pakistan have partnered. Both organizations are committed to improving the efficiency and accessibility of financial services, especially on holidays such as Eid ul Adha, by utilizing the most recent developments in fintech.

One of the most important steps toward promoting financial inclusion and economic empowerment at the local level is the integration of livestock markets into the digital economy. Farmers and retailers may take charge of their financial operations and help realize the larger goal of an inclusive digital Pakistan by adopting digital payments.

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