ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday suspended the presidential notification of the appointment of two election commission members until December 5.
The listening to was presided by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah towards the petition filed by lawyer Jahangir Khan Jadoon.
In August, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MOPA) had notified the appointment of Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui and Munir Ahmed Kakar as ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan respectively after President Arif Alvi’s approval.
The appointments got here seven months after Abdul Ghaffar Soomro and Justice (retd) Shakeel Baloch, the ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan, retired in January this yr.
Nevertheless, Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan had refused to take oath from the 2 new members nominated by the federal government.
Justice Minallah careworn that the elected representatives of the Parliament ought to make such determination themselves.
“Parliament’s status is essential for the court,” he remarked. “We’ve confidence in Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and the Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani.”
Jadoon pleaded that three conferences had been held however, the problem has not been resolved on account of ongoing political unrest within the nation. “4 extra weeks could be required,” he added.
Citing reference to ‘Azadi March’, Justice Minallah responded that, “the matter you’re referring to needs to be resolved within the Parliament. ECP is sort of inactive and the chief election commissioner is about to retire. The problem needs to be resolved as quickly as doable.”
On August 27, Jadoon challenged the appointment of ECP’s Sindh and Balochistan members within the IHC and requested it to cease implementation of notification issued by MOPA.
Two lawmakers, Mohammad Javed Abbasi and Dr Nisar Cheema who’re members of the parliamentary committee that recommends the names of ECP members, have additionally challenged their appointment in IHC.
ECP mentioned the chief election commissioner had refused to manage the oath to Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui and Munir Ahmed Kakar as members from Sindh and Balochistan as a result of the President of Pakistan had appointed them with out adopting the process laid down in clauses 2A and 2B of Article 213 of the Structure.
“Underneath Clause 2A, the prime minister shall in session with the chief of the opposition within the Nationwide Meeting ahead three names for appointment to a parliamentary committee for listening to and affirmation. Clause 2B explains the composition of the parliamentary committee. The president not solely violated these clauses but in addition bypassed the parliamentary committee whereas making these appointments.”