Imran Khan Parliament dissolution legal or no?
Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Supreme Court has again delayed ruling on the legality of the dissolution of parliament by Prime Minister Imran Khan to call fresh elections.
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court continued on Wednesday to hear multiple petitions challenging Khan’s dissolution of parliament, which followed after the parliament’s deputy speaker dismissed a no-confidence vote against Khan that he had looked set to lose.
The court hinted that it might give a ruling on the dissolution on Thursday.
No prime minister has ever completed a full term in Pakistan’s 75-year history, which has been marred by frequent coups by the country’s powerful military, and the fate of Khan now hangs in the balance amid a political and constitutional crisis that has gripped the South Asian nation of 220 million people.
Khan has alleged that foreign powers are behind a conspiracy to have him toppled from power.
“Khan has no evidence to prove his allegations,” Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokeswoman Marriyum Aurangzeb told reporters outside the Supreme Court.
Aurangzeb accused Khan of misleading the nation about an international conspiracy to topple his government, and she expressed hope that the Supreme Court’s ruling would overturn the dissolution and ensure that no one would again “dare abrogate the constitution in future”.
Former planning minister and PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal also said his party hoped the court ruling would safeguard the supremacy of Pakistan’s constitution.
Accusing the United States of being behind efforts to topple his government, Khan had asked opposition leaders to accept new elections rather than “being part of a conspiracy for regime change”.
The Supreme Court judges have questioned the validity of the conspiracy claims and whether they were “based on accusations not facts”.
“Where are the minutes of NSC [National Security Council] meeting?” Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial asked lawyer Babar Awan, who represented Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in the court.
Awan said that a letter of protest was sent by Pakistan to the country that had made the threat of regime change, and the only solution to the current crisis was to hold new elections.
Spotlight on Pakistan Supreme Court amid constitutional crisis Al Jazeera English
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