Pakistan Political Crisis: In Pakistan, which is suffering from economic crisis and political crisis, preparations are now underway to reduce the authority of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Pakistan’s Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar introduced the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill 2023 in the House on Tuesday (March 28), which aims to limit the discretionary powers of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu cognizance.
Giving information about this news, Geo News said that the House has sent the proposed bill to the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Law and Justice for further approval, which met on Wednesday morning under the chairmanship of Chaudhary Mehmood Bashir Virk. Will give a verdict on this.
This is how this bill will pass
At the same time, the committee will send it back to the lower house. After passing the bill here, it will be sent for the approval of the Senate. This decision of the Government of Pakistan came a day after two judges of the Supreme Court – Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel – questioned the powers of the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Both the judges said that the apex court cannot depend on the solitary decision of one person, the chief justice.
PM Sharif told, new ray for the country
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said in Parliament, “The voice of change coming from the judiciary itself is certainly a ray of hope for the country.” According to the report, Sharif’s party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has accused the judiciary of “bench-fixing”. The Bill includes transfer of suo motu powers from the Chief Justice to a three-member committee consisting of three senior judges. In addition, the Bill includes a clause regarding the right to challenge the decision, which can be filed within 30 days and will be fixed for hearing in two weeks’ time.
what the questioners said
According to the Bill, every division, appeal or case before the Supreme Court shall be heard and disposed of by a bench constituted by the Chief Justice of Pakistan and a committee consisting of two senior judges. Expressing their view against running a “one-man show”, Justice Shah and Justice Mandokhil asserted that it results in concentration of power in the hands of one person, making the system susceptible to abuse of power. .
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