Legal experts weigh in on judicial panel

August 14, 2014 - 12:31:54 am

ISLAMABAD: Hours after the prime minister proposed a judicial commission in his address to the nation to probe allegations of rigging in last year’s general elections, top legal experts raised questions over its legitimacy.

Opening the debate on the legal loopholes surrounding the premier’s proposal, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Kamran Murtaza said that the judicial commission contradicts Article 225 of the Constitution.

Kamran said that the apex court had no authority to probe election rigging in view of Article 225 of the Constitution. 

“I think the government did not consult legal experts before the announcement”, Kamran said.

Under Article 225 of the Constitution, “No election to a House or a Provincial Assembly shall be called in question except by an election petition presented to such tribunal and in such manner as may be determined by Act of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)”

Adding to the chorus against the panel, a prominent lawyer and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz loyalist also raised a red flag over the validity of the proposed judicial panel.

He stated that the terms of references (ToRs) of the commission will be significant in deciding its legality.

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