- SC expresses displeasure over delay in AGP’s appointment.
- Justice Isa calls govt “incompetent”.
- Says govt violating Constitution by not appointing AGP.
The Supreme Court on Monday, while fuming over the delay in the attorney general of Pakistan’s (AGP) appointment, told the federal government to fill the constitutional post.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa gave remarks on the lack of assistance from the attorney general in a case related to tampered car.
“We are asking you politely to appoint the attorney general,” Justice Isa told the government during the hearing.
“Who is the attorney general in the country right now?” questioned Justice Isa.
At this, the deputy attorney general failed to give a satisfying answer.
“The government is so incompetent that it cannot even appoint an attorney general,” said the Supreme Court justice.
He questioned whether the government is bargaining with someone over the AGP’s appointment.
“The Supreme Court has 5,500 lawyers but the government cannot find a single one,” he added.
Justice Isa said that the government is violating the Constitution by not appointing the AGP, adding that the orders given by the apex court were not followed either.
The court said that the additional attorney general and the deputy attorney general are bound to take instructions from the AGP only.
“It is against the law for the deputy and additional attorney general to appear without instructions of the AGP,” the court added.
‘AGP to be finalised in 2-3 days’
On January 21, Federal Law Minister Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar said that the new attorney general will be finalized within two or three days.
The judiciary had expressed displeasure with the government for not appointing the AGP after former attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali tendered his resignation in October last year due to health reasons.
President Dr Arif Alvi approved the appointment of Mansoor Usman Awan, who is a Supreme Court lawyer, as the AGP on December 23 after accepting Ausaf’s resignation. However, he refused from taking charge.
“I am going to meet PM Shehbaz today (Saturday) and possibly the issue of appointing the new attorney general will be finalised within two or three days,” Tarar said.
He revealed that first Awan consented to be the attorney general but later he verbally and in writing refused to accept the office, citing his professional engagements.
“I can’t disclose the names of the new potential candidates, being nominated for the slot of attorney general but hopefully the prime minister will finalize the name within two to three days,” he told The News.
Here’s the list of PTI MNAs whose resignations have been accepted so far
National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday accepted the resignations of 35 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs taking the total number of resignations accepted in the last eight months to 81.
The National Assembly Secretariat, in a statement issued in this regard, mentioned that the resignations have been approved under Clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
Following the approval of the resignations, the summary was sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-notify the PTI lawmakers.
Here’s a list of all 35 MNAs whose resignations were accepted today:
- Dr Haider Ali Khan — NA-2
- Saleem Rehman — NA-3
- Sahibzada Sibghatullah — NA-5
- Mehboob Shah — NA-6
- Muhammad Bashir Khan — NA-7
- Junaid Akbar — NA-8
- Sher Akbar Khan —NA-9
- Ali Khan Jadoon —NA-16
- Engr Usman Khan Tarakai — NA-19
- Mujahid Ali — NA-20
- Arbab Amir Ayub — NA-28
- Sher Ali Arbab — NA-30
- Shahid Ahmed — NA-34
- Gul Dad Khan — NA-40
- Sajid Khan — NA-42
- Mohammad Iqbal Khan — NA-44
- Aamer Mehmood Kiani — NA-61
- Syed Faiz ul Hassan — NA-70
- Ch Shoukat Ali Bhatti — NA-87
- Umar Aslam Khan — NA-93
- Amjad Ali Khan — NA-96
- Khurram Shahzad — NA-107
- Faizullah — NA-109
- Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar — NA-135
- Syed Fakhar Imam — NA-150
- Zahoor Hussain Qureshi — NA-152
- Ibraheem Khan — NA-158
- Tahir Iqbal — NA-164
- Aurangzeb Khan Khichi — NA-165
- Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar — NA-177
- Abdul Majeed Khan — NA-187
- Andaleeb Abbas — RS-Women
- Asma Qadeer — RS-Women
- Maleeka Ali Bokhari — RS-Women
- Munawara Bibi Baloch — RS-Women
The NA speaker accepted 70 resignations this week, as he approved the resignations of 35 lawmakers earlier this week.
Here’s a list of all those 35 MNAs de-notified by the ECP:
- Murad Saeed — NA-04 Swat-III
- Omar Ayub Khan — NA-17 Haripur-I
- Asad Qaiser — NA-18 Swabi-I
- Pervaiz Khattak — NA-25 Nowshera-I
- Imran Khattak — NA-26 Nowshera-II
- Sheharyar Afridi — NA-32 Kohat
- Ali Amin Khan — NA-38 Dera Ismail Khan-I
- Noor-ul-Haq Qadri — NA-43 Khyber Agency Tribal Area-IV
- Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz — NA-52 ICT-I
- Ali Nawaz Awan — NA-53 ICT-II
- Asad Umar — NA-54 ICT-III
- Sadaqat Ali Khan — NA-57 Rawalpindi-I
- Ghulam Sarwar Khan — NA-59 Rawalpindi-III
- Sheikh Rashid Shafique — NA-60 Rawalpindi-IV
- Sheikh Rashid Ahmed — NA-62 Rawalpindi-VI
- Mansoor Hayat Khan — NA-63 Rawalpindi-VIII
- Fawad Ahmed — NA-67 Jehlum II
- M. Sanaullah Khan Mastikhel — NA-97 Bhakkar-II
- Muhammad Hammad Azhar — NA-126 Lahore IV
- Shafqat Mahmood Khan — NA-126 Lahore VIII
- Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar — NA-155 Multan-II
- Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi — NA-156 Multan-III
- Zartaj Gul — NA-191 DG Khan-III
- Faheem Khan — NA-241 Korangi Karachi III
- Saif Ur Rehman — NA-242 Karachi East-I
- Muhammad Alamgir Khan — NA-243 Karachi East-II
- Syed Ali Haider Zaidi — NA-244 Karachi East-III
- Aftab Hussain Saddique — NA-247 Karachi South-II
- Atta-Ullah — NA-250 Karachi West-III
- Aftab Jhangir — NA-252 Karachi West-V
- Muhammad Aslam Khan — NA-254 Karachi Central-II
- Muhammad Najeeb Haroon — NA-256 Karachi Central-IV
- Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri — NA-265 Quetta-II
- Aliya Hamza Malik — RS-Women
- Kanwal Shauzab — RS-Women
Earlier on July 28, 2022, the speaker approved the resignations of 11 PTI members under Article 64(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan.
According to the notification, the NA speaker accepted the resignations of the following members of the lower house last year:
- Ali Muhammad Khan — NA-11, Mardan-III
- Fazal Muhammad Khan — NA-24, Charsadda-II
- Shaukat Ali — NA-31, Peshawar-V
- Fakhar Zaman Khan — NA-45, Kurram-I
- Farrukh Habib — NA-108, Faisalabad-VIII
- Ijaz Ahmad Shah — NA-118, Nankana Sahib-II
- Jamil Ahmed Khan — NA-237, Malir-II
- Muhammad Akram Cheema — NA-239, Korangi Karachi-I
- Abdul Shakoor Shad — NA-246, Karachi South-I
- Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari — Reserved Seat for Women (Punjab)
- Shandana Gulzar Khan — Reserved Seat for Women (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
NA speaker accepts resignations of 35 more PTI lawmakers
- Resignations accepted in accordance with Article 64 of Constitution.
- Summary sent to ECP to de-notify PTI lawmakers.
- Seventy PTI resignations have been accepted this week.
ISLAMABAD: The political uncertainty continues in Pakistan after the National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz on Friday accepted the resignations of 35 more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs.
The PTI had resigned from the lower house of parliament after the ouster of PTI chief Imran Khan in April 2022.
According to a press release issued by the National Assembly Secretariat, the resignations were accepted in accordance with clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution and rules of procedure and conduct of Business in the NA.
“In accordance with clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with Rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly of Pakistan 2007, the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan has been pleased to accept the resignations of the following Members of the National Assembly with effect from April 11, 2022, the date when the letter of respective resignations was submitted,” said the statement.
The resignations had been accepted with effect from 11 April 2022, the date when the letters of respective resignations were submitted, said Radio Pakistan.
Following the approval of the resignations, the summary was sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-notify the PTI lawmakers.
Here’s the list of PTI lawmakers whose resignations have been accepted:
|01||Dr Haider Ali Khan||NA-2|
|05||Muhammad Bashir Khan||NA-7|
|07||Sher Akbar Khan||NA-9|
|08||Ali Khan Jadoon||NA-16|
|09||Engr Usman Khan Tarakai||NA-19|
|11||Arbab Amir Ayub||NA-28|
|12||Sher Ali Arbab||NA-30|
|14||Gul Dad Khan||NA-40|
|16||Mohammad Iqbal Khan||NA-44|
|17||Aamer Mehmood Kiani||NA-61|
|18||Syed Faiz ul Hassan||NA-70|
|19||Chaudhry Shoukat Ali Bhatti||NA-87|
|20||Umar Aslam Khan||NA-93|
|21||Amjad Ali Khan||NA-96|
|24||Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar||NA-135|
|25||Syed Fakhar Imam||NA-150|
|26||Zahoor Hussain Qureshi||NA-152|
|29||Aurangzeb Khan Khichi||NA-165|
|30||Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar||NA-177|
|31||Abdul Majeed Khan||NA-187|
|32||Andaleeb Abbas||Reserved seat|
|33||Asma Qadeer||Reserved seat|
|34||Maleeka Ali Bokhari||Reserved seat|
|35||Munawara Bibi Baloch||Reserved seat|
Earlier, Ashraf had stalled the process of accepting resignations after July 28 stating the remaining lawmakers would be summoned individually for verification.
However, contrary to his claims he quickened the process by accepting the resignations of 34 PTI MNAs and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid earlier this week after an eight-month hiatus.
Soon after the PTI announced its return to the assembly and test the PM through a no-trust move, the government so far accepted 70 PTI resignations during the current week only.
Around 131 MNAs of the PTI had tendered their resignations en masse after Imran Khan’s government was ousted through a no-confidence motion in April last year.
By July 28, 2022, the NA speaker had accepted the resignations of only 11 PTI lawmakers.
PTI calls govt’s move ‘illegal and immoral’
Speaking to the media outside the Parliament House, senior PTI leaders said the speaker retracted from his old stance by accepting the resignations of 35 more PTI lawmakers today.
Asad Qaiser, Asad Umar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry and others termed the government’s move “illegal and immoral”.
Former National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser condemned the decision and revealed that Ashraf had called the PTI leaders to the assembly and told them that the resignations would not be accepted unless he had a word with the MNAs himself separately.
“Were those whose resignations were accepted called by the Speaker?”Qaiser asked.
Berating the speaker’s decision, PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said now that 81 resignations were accepted, the government must also give a date for the general elections.
Expressing his displeasure over the decision, the PTI leader blamed Islamabad for the political and economic crises in the country.
“We are heading towards a Sri Lanka-like situation,” Chaudhry claimed.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the speaker first said that he cannot accept the resignations collectively.
“We decided to come to the meeting and he [the speaker] postponed it and when we came to the assembly, he accepted the resignations of 35 more MNAs,” said Qureshi, demanding that the rest of the resignations should also be accepted.
The party’s vice chairman said that the PTI wants snap polls so that the people can decide for themselves.
Faiz, Bajwa responsible for Pakistan’s current crisis: Nawaz Sharif
- Nawaz says “Tabdeeli” project was envisioned by Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha, Gen (retd) Zaheer-ul-Islam.
- “We have been treated unjustly and cruelly,” Nawaz tells journalists.
- PML-N supremo says PDM took over to save Pakistan from a “madman” called Imran Khan.
LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif blamed General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lieutenant General (retd) Faiz Hameed for the current mess in the country.
The former prime minister, while speaking to the journalists after a long time on Thursday evening, held the aforementioned ex-military men for spinning Pakistan around for their personal wishes and whims in the form of installing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in 2018.
He recalled his Gujranwala speech at the PML-N public gathering on October 16, 2020 where he directly accused the then chief of army staff Gen (retd) Bajwa and then-director-general Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz of rigging elections.
He had blamed the military top brass for installing PTI Imran Khan as the prime minister in violation of the constitution, removing his government, muzzling the media, pressurising the judiciary and victimising opposition politicians.
The former prime minister said that in his Gujranawala speech, he named the people responsible for the mess Pakistan was pushed into. “Lt Gen (retd) Faiz and Gen (retd) Bajwa were responsible for making it all about their personalities, wishes and desires,” said Nawaz.
Two days ago, The News reported that Nawaz had decided to focus his attack on four persons for bringing Pakistan to near ruin — and these four individuals are retired judges Saqib Nisar, Asif Saeed Khosa, General (retd) Bajwa, Lt General (retd) Faiz Hameed and Imran Khan.
Nawaz told the journalists outside his son’s office that he didn’t mince facts when informing the Pakistani nation about the cruelty and injustice he and Pakistan had been subjected to. He said: “We have been treated unjustly and cruelly and it’s my responsibility to point that out.”
Nawaz further added that the people of Pakistan are well aware of the “faces and characters of the two retired generals who are believed to be behind implementing the Tabdeeli project originally envisioned by former intelligence chiefs General (retd) Shuja Pasha, General (retd) Zaheer-ul-Islam and their colleagues.”
He said he had discussed Pakistan’s current situation with Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Senator Dr Afnan Khan, MNA Javed Lateef, and others after the interior minister arrived in London to hold talks with the party leader.
“Inshallah, all will be well. Pakistan will come out of the difficulties and we will make sure that happens. Our track record of progress is a witness and it’s not possible that we will not make that happen,” he maintained.
Calling Khan a “mad man”, Nawaz said: “Compare his [performance during the] four years of [PTI] government with four years of our government and you will see how happy and prosperous people were in two tenures and how he [Khan] destroyed Pakistan,” the former PM said.
Nawaz said that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) took over the government after winning the vote of no-confidence to “save Pakistan from this madman” because “he had created a catastrophic situation for Pakistan.”
‘Coming elections will show PML-N’s strength’
Speaking on the occasion, the interior minister told the media that the PML-N lost the vote of confidence in the Punjab Assembly due to the “doublespeak” of the chief minister who had earlier said he won’t take a vote of confidence or dissolve the assembly and then suddenly decided to go for it.
Sanaullah said: “We had the numbers and we will show we have the numbers. The coming elections will show PML-N’s strength and victory. We are fully prepared for the elections and we will show our strength with full force”.
The minister revealed that more meetings will be held over the weekend and party’s election campaign will kick start according to the guidance given by Nawaz.
He confirmed that Maryam will return next week to Pakistan.
Commenting on the Nawaz’s return, he said: “It is understood Mian Nawaz Sharif will return and he will lead the party’s election campaign. The legal formalities regarding his return were also discussed and some steps will be taken in this regard.
“Nawaz’s return is critical as he is the leader of the party, he has the vote and support of the people. There is no doubt that he is vital for Pakistan.”
Sanaullah said reports regarding differences with Shahed Khaqan Abbasi were false, clarifying that Abbasi was very much part of the party. “There are no differences and Abbasi is committed to the party and he is very much part of the party,” he said.