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Senate passes judicial reforms bill amid opposition protest

Minister for Law and Justice Azam Nazeer Tarar moved the bill which was passed with majority votes.

The Senate on Thursday passed the judicial reforms bill amid opposition protest!

The judicial reforms bill titled ‘Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill 2023’ aims to deprive the office of the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) of powers to take suo motu notice in an individual capacity.

Sixty members voted in favour of the bill, while 19 members opposed it.

Strong opposition from the PTI members was seen as they raised banners reading “attack on judiciary unacceptable” as the bill was moved by Federal Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar in the upper house.

During the voting, the PTI senators tore copies of the bill and raised a hue and cry after Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani did not allow to speak.

The session was adjourned till 10:30 am on Friday.

While presenting the bill, Tarar said that it was the demand of the bar associations and councils to introduce the bill and they have supported the bill. “

This bill was an old demand of the Bar Council which said that indiscriminate use of 184(3) should be stopped,” he added.

He said it was the prerogative of the Parliament to do legislation under Article 191 of the Constitution.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the passage of the Supreme Court (Practice & Procedure) Bill 2023, will institutionally strengthen the apex court.

“It will help make the process of bench formation and exercise of Article 184 (3) transparent and inclusive, thus serving the cause of justice,” he said in a tweet.

As a procedure, after bills are passed by the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate, they are presented to the president for his assent.

If the president does not give his approval within 10 days, it will be deemed to have been given.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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