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NA Speaker Ashraf warns SC against breaching domain of parliament

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has warned the Supreme Court not to intrude in the area of the parliament, stating that “others will also try to enter your domain.”

In an interview with an American news channel, Ashraf stated that if parliament’s legislative authority is untenable, they [the superior judiciary] should take over.

According to Ashraf, the farce of elections should end if parliament is forced to exercise its legislative authority in accordance with the will of the Supreme Court or a high court.

Referring to an apex court decision that halted the implementation of a bill limiting the chief justice’s powers even before it became law, he remarked, “How can you enter the domain of the people’s chosen representatives?” Others will try to enter your territory now that you’ve arrived.”

He stated that while the Supreme Court should hear all parties, the government should also avoid rigidity, adding that taking political problems to court affects not only politics but also undermines the judiciary.

“Divergence in politics is necessary,” he said, “but division in the Supreme Court is dangerous.”

“Divergence in politics is necessary,” he said, “but division in the Supreme Court is dangerous.”

The experienced politician stated that legislators should address all political issues in parliament or any other venue on their own.

General Asim Munir’s remarks and clarity of thought in his address to the in-camera session on national security, according to Ashraf, were quite comforting.

The speaker said the army chief’s dedication to the Constitution and faith in the supremacy of parliament was energizing. “This country needs ideas like this,” he said.

In response to a query concerning the potential of a new anti-terrorism operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Balochistan, the speaker stated that no new operations were planned, but law enforcement was already on the lookout for miscreants.

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