Presidential Reference for show of hand a stupid act – Hashmat Habib

Hashmat Habib President Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Adlia has said that Presidential Reference regarding show of hand or otherwise is not based on question of law thus Supreme Court may not waste time to hear it as prima facie it is a stupid act by all concerns.

The senior lawyer said; there is no ambiguity in Article 226 it can be amended by Parliament with not less than two third majority of the Parliament (both houses) and this power cannot be shifted to judiciary.

He said Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rightly observed that the educational degrees of the government legal team should be checked because they were committing blunder even in drafting a summary.

Considering the reference a cunning act of President under the advice of PM to drag Supreme Court into this political issue, Hashmat said even a matriculate understands the bare wording of Article 186 which provides jurisdiction to Supreme Court to give opinion on any question of law therefore under Article 226 all elections under the constitution other than those of the Prime Minister and Chief Minister shall be by secret ballot.

The veteran lawyer said the legal team has blindly pushed President through Prime Minister to commit this stupid act although previously reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa was turned down declaring it malafide in law and facts.

He said Registrar of the Supreme Court should have returned this reference to save the Supreme Court’s time which may be consumed for the benefit of the pending litigation. There is no ambiguity in the bare reading the relevant articles but with malafide intention in the name of welfare of people and horse-trading a stupid step is taken.

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