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The federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday decided to table the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill, 2023 in a joint parliament session after President Arif Alvi returned it unsigned a day earlier.

National Assembly (NA) Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has convened a joint sitting of the parliament tomorrow (Monday) in this regard.

The joint session will also debate upon whether the government should issue Rs21 billion to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for elections in Punjab, as directed by the Supreme Court.

The president had returned the bill for reconsideration to parliament as per the provisions of the Article 75 of the Constitution, stating that the bill prima-facie travels beyond the competence of parliament and can be assailed as colourable legislation.

The bill was aimed at curtailing the powers of the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) — including the suo motu and the formation of benches.

According to a circular issued by the NA secretariat, “In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to rule 4 of the Parliament (Joint Sittings) Rules, 1973, the honourable Speaker has been pleased to call a joint sitting on Monday, the 10th April, 2023 at 4.00 p.m. instead of 2.00 p.m.”

Reacting to the development, PM Shehbaz said by returning the bill, Alvi acted as a worker of the PTI, and not as President.

"President Alvi returning the Supreme Court Bill duly passed by Parliament is most unfortunate," the prime minister said in a hard-hitting tweet.

He said the president had belittled his office through his actions as he follows the PTI chief's orders rather than fulfilling his constitutional duties.

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Maqbool Apr 09, 2023 11:59pm
The problems of the fund allocations can be solved by the province of Punjab allocating the required funds from their Budget for the election of their provincial assembly .
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Tulukan Mairandi Apr 10, 2023 05:15am
President Alvi is a PTI stooge who will meet the same fate as Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto if he does not start supporting our honorable Shebaz Sharif and Asif Zardari.
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