Islamabad/New Delhi: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking disqualification of dissident members of the National Assembly of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. According to the Express Tribune, the petition lists the Election Commission of Pakistan, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Law Secretary and the Cabinet Secretary as parties and has been filed under Article 184(3) of the Constitution. Citing the Constitution, it has been said that the Supreme Court has the right to intervene in any matter of public importance and in the case of violation of the fundamental rights mentioned in the Constitution.
The petition has requested that dissatisfied PTI members be disqualified from parliamentary affairs for life and if a member wishes to leave the party, he should first become a member of the National Assembly instead of defection as per Article 63-A of the Constitution. It said that the change of loyalty means that the person is no longer ‘Sadiq and Amin (true and honest)’. The votes cast should not have been counted.
The petition reads, being an elected representative (it) is constitutionally prohibited and morally prohibited from defecting (against his parliamentary party), and the member cannot claim the implied right to count his vote and such The tainted votes should have been kept out of the count. It said that there was no reason not to ban the disgruntled members of the party for life. The petition said, this Hon’ble Court has observed in several cases that defection or floor crossing Cancer is nothing less than a disease for the whole body of politics and it destroys the spirit of democratic governance.