ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday gave Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) time till Tuesday (tomorrow) to suggest possible role in resolving the current political tension.
The four member larger bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the identical petitions filed by the presidents of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and High Court Bar Association, Multan Bench seeking the apex court’s direction that no authority or state functionaries take any extra constitutional steps in the prevailing political situation.
The court also directed court authorities to arrange multimedia projector in court room no. 1 to play speeches of PTI and PAT leaders.
Earlier, the court had asked PTI lawyer Ahmed Owais if the party could play any role in resolving the current crisis in the country.
PTI lawyer replied that he could not answer this question immediately on which Chief Justice Mulk inquired if an answer could be provided in one hour.
After an hour, Ahmed Owais, sought time regarding proposals to present before the court and said that core committee of the party would decide in this regard.
Justice Saqib Nasir remarked that the apex court was the only forum for political justice. He said the court had received seven petitions and was aware of all issues.
Justice Nasir further remarked that the constitution and country itself were at risk and asked the PTI lawyer to seek a response from the party leadership as the bench would continue the proceedings till a solution was found.
Justice Nisar added that developments taking place on the streets were not in line with the constitution.
The court provided time till tomorrow to the lawyers to consult their leaderships for the possible role in resolving the crisis.
Chief Justice Mulk remarked that media was broadcasting reports stating that the court offered mediation which is false. He further said that the court only decides cases that are presented before it.
Later, the case was adjourned till Tuesday.