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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court reinstated the National Assembly on Thursday after announcing the government’s decision to dissolve it and its deputy speaker Qasim Suri ruled on the constitution.

“…the prime minister did not have the right to advise the president to dissolve the assembly […] all the decisions made till date have been nullified,” the top court’s ruling said.

The top court has ordered National Assembly Speaker Asad Qasier to summon the session on Saturday (April 9) at 10am to allow the vote on the no-confidence motion against the premier.

“…if the no-confidence motion against the prime minister succeeds, then the assembly will appoint the new prime minister,” the top court’s order said.

The court ruled that no members would be barred from voting on Saturday, adding that if the no-confidence motion fails, the government will continue business as usual.

Pakistani Chief Justice Omar Atta Bandyar had earlier said the court would move forward only after seeing the national interest and actual possibilities.

The chief justice had noted that the deputy speaker’s ruling is, prima facie, a violation of Article 95, as the apex court resumed deliberation over the “unconstitutional” act by Suri for the fifth consecutive day today.

The apex court’s five-member larger bench — headed by Justice Bandial and comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel — is hearing the case.

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