Govt to object to petitions challenging Fehmida's ruling
14 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to raise objection over the Supreme Court's (SC) proceedings regarding PML-N and PTI's petitions against the National Assembly (NA) speaker's May 24 ruling in which she said a reference could not be sent to the Election Commission for disqualification of the prime minister.
A three-member SC bench will hear separate petitions today (Thursday), filed by PTI Chairman Imran Khan, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif, Muhammad Azhar Siddique, Senator Zafar Ali Shah, Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi and Advocate Chaudhry Muhammad Sahwa against the NA speaker's ruling.
Sources told that Attorney General Irfan Qadir would represent the federation today. They said that Qadir would tell the bench that the speaker's ruling could not be challenged under Article 69 of the constitution. On June 6, accepting petitions of the PML-N and PTI against the speaker's May 24 ruling, the SC on Wednesday issued notices to Speaker Fehmida Mirza, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and secretaries of the Election Commission, Cabinet Division and law.
The court had also expressed its regret over the government's decision for not filing an appeal against the prime minister's conviction in the contempt of court case. "Whenever you never file an appeal, you accept conviction," the court said.