Govt to approach SC to seek clarity on Article 63: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to approach the Supreme Court for interpretation of Article 63 (A) as several PTI lawmakers have announced on the no-confidence motion, in a violation of party policy, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday.

The decision was taken during a consultative meeting of the PTI’s political committee held today with Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan with the chair. The meeting was convened to discuss the legal options available to act against the disgruntled lawmakers and counter the Opposition’s move to dislodge the government of Imran Khan.

It came to light on Thursday that around 24 PTI MNAs were residing at the Sindh House in Islamabad and some of them had publicly announced to go against the party.

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Hours later, the prime minister called a meeting of the senior party leadership and directed National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to approach the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against the disgruntled members.

In a series of tweets today, Fawad Chaudhry said the government would file a petition under Article 186 of the Constitution to seek the interpretation of Article 63-A.

“…we will seek the Supreme Court’s interpretation as to what will be the standing of a party member’s vote who is found in violation of the party’s policy and is involved in horse-trading,” the federal minister.

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The information said the government would seek the apex court’s guidance on whether a person, who shifts loyalty for monetary benefit, should be ineligible for a liftetime for becoming a lawmaker or whether they could contest polls again and be elected to parliament.

“The Supreme Court will be requested to hear the case on a daily basis,” he said.

The premier, according to sources, assigned the responsibility for filing the reference in the apex court to PTI Additional Secretary Amir Mehmood Kiani and Advisor to Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan.

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