SC to hear PTI MPAs’ deposition appeal on Nov 9

On November 9, 2022, a three-member Supreme Court of Pakistan bench will hear an appeal against the suspension of 25 PTI members of the provincial assembly (MPAs).

The panel comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ayesha Malik will be led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial.

On April 16, these members of the PTI defected and voted for PLM-N Vice President Hamza Shehbaz Sharif in the election for Punjab Chief Minister.

On May 23, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) de-notified these purported defectors.

This includes five elected MPAs occupying seats reserved for women and minorities, following a reference filed by Imran Khan, head of the PTI, demanding the expulsion of defectors from the legislature.

The case was heard by a three-member ECP bench, including Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, Nisar Ahmed Durrani, and Shah Mohammad Jatoi.

Later, the deserters and former MPAs challenged the ECP verdict before the Supreme Court.

The votes of the dissident legislators gave Hamza a total of 197, which is far more than the 186 required for a simple majority. However, it did not work out for the PML-N leader, as dissident members of parliament were subsequently expelled from the chamber.

The de-seated lawmakers are Raja Sagheer Ahmed, Malik Ghulam Rasool Sangha, Saeed Akbar Khan, Mohammad Ajmal, Abdul Aleem Khan, Nazir Ahmed Chohan, Mohammad Amin Zulqernain, Malik Nauman Langrial, Mohammad Salman, Zawar Hussain Warraich, Nazir Ahmed Khan, Fida Hussain, Zahra Batool, Mohammad Tahir, Aisha Nawaz, Sajida Yousaf, Haroon Imran Gill, Uzma Kardar, Malik Asad Ali, Ijaz Masih, Mohammad Sabtain Raza, Mohsin Atta Khan Khosa, Mian Khalid Mehmood, Mehar Mohammad Aslam and Faisal Hayat.