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Aitzaz says PPP to oppose 24th Constitutional Amendment

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan on Friday announced to oppose the 24th Constitutional Amendment, saying that the amendment was aimed at protecting political interests.

Talking to media, Aitzaz said that he had talked to PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Quraishi on 24th Amendment.

He said that PPP would oppose the constitutional amendments forcefully.  He alleged that the amendment was being brought for political interest.

He said that if the amendment was enacted then implementation on Supreme Court verdict before appeal would not be possible.

He said that when the PPP demanded of such amendment, the PML-N rejected the demand and “now when they (PML-N) are trapped, they brought the amendment which is based on mala fide intention.”

He said that the Prime Minister could not escape from punishment in the Panama leaks case.

It is to be mentioned here that the federal government had introduced the Constitution (24th Amendment) Bill-2016 in the National Assembly on November 18, proposing a right to appeal against an order of the Supreme Court passed in suo motu cases.

Currently, the only remedy available to aggrieved persons under this jurisdiction of the apex court is a review petition, and that, too, is heard by the same bench that had earlier passed the order.

The bill suggests adding two new clauses – 184(4) and 184(5) – to Article 184 (Original jurisdiction of Supreme Court) of the Constitution. A larger bench of the Supreme Court is currently hearing the Panamagate case under the said jurisdiction, i.e., Article 184.