SIC reserved seats case: SC issues 13-member full court roster

ONLINE & Rana Masood Hussain
Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued roster of 13-member full court to hear the matter of reserved seats of PTI-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC).

Presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa, the full court will hear the case on June 24 and 25.

Meanwhile, a miscellaneous application has been filed in the Supreme Court requesting to club two constitutional petitions filed in February and March seeking disqualification of all the 333 PTI-backed independent candidates who were declared winners for the National Assembly and provincial assembly seats in the last general elections with the Sunni Ittehad Council’s petition regarding reserved seats.

The miscellaneous petition was filed by Molvi Iqbal Haider on Friday who stated that he had filed two separate constitutional petitions on February 10, 2024 and March 11, 2024. In the first petition, he had requested the apex court to order the 333 independent candidates to join any parliamentary party after within three days after being elected as it was desired by the Constitution.

In the latter petition, he had stated that the 333 independent candidates had violated the Article 51 of the Constitution by joining a non-parliamentary party, Sunni Ittehad Council, due to which they be disqualified and re-elections be ordered on their vacant seats in order to avert a possible constitutional crisis.

In his miscellaneous petition, Haider stated that the Sunni Ittehad Council had made him a respondent in its petition regarding reserved parliamentary seats, due to which in the interest of justice, his two earlier petitions be clubbed with the Sunni Ittehad Council’s petition and jointly heard by the court.