Published On: Wed, Feb 17th, 2016
Published in Category: Islamabad

PM should hold CCI meeting once in three months, President SCBA

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Islamabad: Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) stated Tuesday that under Article 153 of the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Government to hold the meetings of Council of Common Interest (CCI), at least once in three months.

He said that CCI has a very important role and mandate under which matters of policy for the Federation and any dispute or issues arising between the Provinces have to be resolved.

According to him this is a vital constitutional machinery of the Federation and any delay in holding the meeting could not only be a direct violation of the Constitution and the law but will also have the serious effect on the Provinces.

The President of SCBA has advised the Government that since the Chairman Senate also has repeatedly asked the Government to immediately hold the meeting of CCI, the Government should do so without any further waste of time before the issue becomes a legal matter which may have its own consequences.

Zafar also reminded the Government that previously the Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of a government on the ground that by not fulfilling the obligation regarding CCI, constitutional arrangements have been undermined and the authority of the Provinces usurped.