On Thursday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Shahid Waheed said that the SC judges could not protest the CJP’s administrative prerogative to constitute a bench.
Judge Waheed stated this in his dissenting opinion over the decision to give Hafiz-e-Quran 20 marks in the case’s ruling. The judge disagreed with the statements made by Justices Qazi Faez Isa and Ameen ud Din.
Judge Waheed added that the court’s judgment was delivered on the issues not covered by the suo motu case. He gave the Attorney General and PMDC instructions to respond.
Using suo motu notice 4/2022m, he said that the judge may have recused themself from hearing the matter if they had opposed the bench’s establishment.
A new Supreme Court bench had previously been assembled to handle the Friday election case.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan’s five-member panel that was hearing a case involving the postponement of elections in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was disbanded on Thursday when Justice Aminuddin Khan extricated himself.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-appeal Insaf’s was initially heard by a bench presided by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and made up of Justices Ijazul Ahsan, Munib Akhtar, Aminuddin Khan, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail (PTI).
CJP Bandial announced that Judge Khan wished to make a statement while the hearing for today continued. Judge Khan later declared that in light of his yesterday’s decision regarding suo motu cases, he was unable to serve on the bench.