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Contesting on party’s symbol makes lawmaker bound to party discipline: Justice Ijazul Ahsan

While hearing the presidential reference that has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking its opinion on Article 63-A, Justice Ijazul Ahsan said that in the elections, the voter stamped on the party’s electoral symbol, which meant that the person who was contesting from that party was bound to follow the discipline of that party.

A five-member bench comprising Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail heard the petition.

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While answering a query by Justice Mandokhail, Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Javed said that the party’s ticket was the certificate for the contestant and people who were nominated by the party on the reserved seats of minorities and women did not even receive votes from the public.

He also said that if the members were not happy with the decisions of the party, they should resign, adding that if they had any difference with the party, it didn’t mean that they should be going against the government.

On the other hand, Chief Justice Bandial observed that the Holy Quran mandated severe punishment for dishonesty.

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He stated that a person who broke trust was called a traitor.

However, he also questioned if a member declared to be bound by the party? He also said that there was no specification in the constitution that lawmakers had to be loyal to their parties.

He also observed that Article 62(1)(F) talked about qualification, but not about disqualification.

The hearing was adjourned till Monday, March 28.



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