In the presidential reference, the order of the Supreme Court, the vote of dissent will not be counted. ProIQRA News

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ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court, while delivering a reserved judgment on the interpretation of the presidential reference on Article 63A, said that the votes of dissenters will not be counted.

The verdict was announced 3-2. The court said that Articles 63 and 17 are for the rights of political parties.

However, dissenters escaped the penalty of life imprisonment.

The court sent a question to the dissidents regarding their future detention. The decision said that legislation on disqualification of ineligible persons is the prerogative of Parliament. He ordered that “now is the time to legislate for dissent.”

A five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Omar Ata Bandial heard the reference. Other judges included Justice Ijazul Hassan, Justice Mazhar Alam Mian Khel, Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel. The bench held a hearing for 58 days.

Earlier, PML-N lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan sought respite from the court in written arguments.

Attorney General Ashtar Osaf objected to President Arif Alvi sending the reference. “We do not agree with the judicial observation but we still accept it,” he said.

He said that no member is de-seated except 63 (1). He further added that “show cause notice has been sought from the dissidents.”

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