Islamabad (October 3, 2017): The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has decided on Tuesday to challenge electoral reform bill 2017, that has cleared the way for deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif to elect as party head, in apex court.
The party leader and lawyer Babar Awan, talking to media outside the Supreme Court, vowed that party will challenge the passage of bill in apex court as it was violation of constitution to elect party head a person disqualified by the SC.
Fawad Chaudhary , talking on the occasion, alleged that the person who is facing corruption cases in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for four years has been elected as party head as it was joke with the law.Naeemul Haq said that Nawaz Sharif was promoting imperialism rather democracy as passage of bill tantamount to protection of criminals.
He said after the passage of bill the parliamentarians felt shame.
Earlier today, the approval of the Election Bill 2017 by the National Assembly that allows a person disqualified by the court of law has challenged at the Supreme Court here.
The petitioner Zulfiqar Bhutta advocate argues that the approval of the Bill by both the Houses is against the spirit of the Constitution. Under Article 63-A of the Constitution the president of a political party has certain control legislation on issues and matters that are vital by a member of parliament.The petitioner argues that if a certain legislator votes against the president of a political party his case is referred to the Election Commission for disqualification while Article 3 of the Constitution is aimed at preventing exploitation but under this Bill a disqualified person could ask a qualified legislator to vote against his will.
Citing Article 5 of the Constitution the petitioner arguing that it deals with loyalty to the country pleads the court to declare the Election Bill 2017 null and void because it is in clash with the basic structure of the Constitution.