PTI Files Appeal Against Objections Raised by Registrar’s Office. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has lodged an appeal against the objections raised by the Registrar’s Office. The PTI claims that the ruling coalition of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and the caretaker Chief Ministers in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are unjustly blaming Imran Khan and the PTI for various issues.
An overview of the objections raised and the PTI’s response.
Objections and PTI’s Appeal
The objections raised by the Registrar’s Office were contested by PTI Chairman Imran Khan in his appeal. The PTI argues that the objections are misconceived, without jurisdiction, illegal, and should be set aside.
The appeal addresses the following key questions.
Fair Inquiry through a Judicial Commission
The PTI emphasizes the need for a fair inquiry into the May 9 incident through a judicial commission. The ruling coalition’s attempt to attribute all blame to Imran Khan and the PTI is highlighted as a biased stance.
Establishment of Military Courts for Trial of Civilians
The appeal questions whether civilian individuals can be tried by military courts for offenses that may have caused loss to state or defense property. This raises concerns regarding fundamental rights and the interpretation of constitutional provisions.
Impleadment of Prime Minister as a Party
Regarding the objection that the Prime Minister cannot be impleaded as a party in the petition, the PTI argues that Shehbaz Sharif’s actions, including acting under dictation and making unconstitutional decisions, do not grant him absolute immunity under Article 248.
Responding to Registrar’s Office Objections
The Registrar’s Office objection states that the conditions for invoking the Supreme Court’s extraordinary jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution have not been satisfied. The objection also mentions that the petitioner did not approach any other appropriate forum for relief.
However, the PTI’s appeal counters these objections, asserting that the Supreme Court’s intervention is warranted due to the gravity of the issues raised.
Key Petitions Filed by PTI
In the constitutional petition filed on May 25, Imran Khan requested the Supreme Court to form a judicial commission to investigate the incidents of May 9-10, 2023, and recommend appropriate actions. The petition also sought declarations regarding the imposition of undeclared martial law, the arrests and trial of civilians under the Army Act, and the unconstitutional dismantling of the PTI.
The PTI’s appeal against the objections raised by the Registrar’s Office highlights the party’s concerns regarding biased blame attribution and constitutional matters. The appeal seeks a fair inquiry, addresses the establishment of military courts, and contests the objection regarding the Impleadment of the Prime Minister.
The PTI asserts the need for Supreme Court intervention, emphasizing the unconstitutionality of certain actions and seeking justice for the party and its members.