“Incumbent governments cannot interfere in constitutional matters,” says PTI leader
- Hamid says interim governments cannot interfere in constitutional matters.
- He regrets that the Constitution is currently being violated in the country.
- The senior jurist says all lawyers are in favor of the SC’s decision.
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and senior lawyer Hamid Khan has slammed the incumbent caretaker governments at the center and provinces for challenging the Supreme Court decision declaring the military trial unconstitutional. of civilians under the Pakistan Army Act 1952.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore today, Khan said interim governments have no mandate to file review appeals against a Supreme Court verdict. His comments came after the interim federal and provincial governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan on Friday filed internal appeals against the high court’s October 23 ruling.
On the same day, the Ministry of Defense and the federal government also filed a petition challenging the verdict.
Earlier, Sindh’s caretaker government and others separately petitioned the top court to quash its ruling declaring trials of civilians in military courts unconstitutional. However, the Sindh government later denied doing so.
The PTI leader, addressing a press conference in Lahore today, termed the caretaker governments as “unconstitutional” and added that their mandate has expired.
The senior lawyer added that the Constitution is currently being violated in the country. “Incumbent governments cannot interfere in constitutional matters.”
Praising the high court’s decision on military courts, the lawyer highlighted that the military courts were challenged by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). “All lawyers are in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision.”
Lahore High Court Bar Association President Choudhary Ishatiaq Ahmad Khan reiterated that lawyers support the apex court and can never accept military courts, and paid tribute to the judges for the verdict that nullified civil trials in the courts earlier mentioned.
He demanded that incumbent governments withdraw their calls immediately.
Lahore High Court Bar Association Vice President Rabia Bajwa said the Supreme Court has taken a decision in accordance with the Constitution and the law. She also lamented that the Senate passed a resolution on military courts.
He also urged to stop the exploitation of female political workers.