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Pakistan Political Crisis: Deputy Speaker’s ruling prima facie violates Article 95, says SC; verdict soon

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday noted that Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s ruling against the no-trust vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly (NA) is prima facie a violation of Article 95 of the Constitution, adding that the verdict will be declared later in the day.

The observation was made by a five-judge bench of the top court that included Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justices Ijazul Ahsan, Mohammad Ali Mazhar Miankhel, Munib Akhtar and Jamal Khan Mandokhel.

“The real question at hand is what happens next,” The Dawn quoted Chief Justice Bandial as saying. “We have to look at national interest.”

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had taken cognizance of ongoing political crisis in the country on Sunday after Imran advised President Arif Alvi to dissolve the National Assembly and proposed general elections.

However, the court had said it would only ascertain the constitutionality of the steps taken by Suri in the National Assembly. On Tuesday, it had also sought the record of the proceedings of the National Assembly on the no-trust vote against Imran.Pakistan Political Crisis: Deputy Speaker's ruling prima facie violates Article 95, says SC; verdict soon

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