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SC reserves opinion on presidential reference on Senate open balloting

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan retained the President’s reference opinion on the public vote in the Senate on Thursday.

Advocate Ahsan Irfan told the apex court that President, Senate and Assembly are three parts of the same pillar, and it is not possible that one is constitutional and the other two are not.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that there is no court verdict concerning implementation of Article 226 on the Senate elections. Ahsan Irfan said only polling procedure is mentioned in the election act, and it is mentioned nowhere that the Senate elections will be held according to the law.

Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that political parties decide which candidate their members will vote for. Ahsan Irfan stated that the law does not restrict parliamentarians from following the decisions of their political parties and even their leaders when voting.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan said the role of political parties across the world is very important, and there is no use of making them if discipline is not followed.

Khurram Chughtai, the Lahore High Court Bar’s counsel, argued that the federal government cannot seek guidance from the top court over the matter. The CJP remarked that the reference was forwarded by president.

The Attorney General said that the Senate election is not under the Constitution. He added that if the Senate’s vote was conducted in accordance with the Constitution, it would violate its other provisions.

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