Parliamentary Proceedings Cannot Be Challenged In Any Court Of Law: Barrister Ali Zafar

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Parliamentary proceedings cannot be challenged in any court of law: Barrister Ali Zafar

Any decision associated with parliamentary proceedings could not be challenged before the courts, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani's lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar, arguing in Senate elections case in Islamabad High Court (IHC), said on Thursday

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Aug, 2021 ) :Any decision associated with parliamentary proceedings could not be challenged before the courts, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani's lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar, arguing in Senate elections case in Islamabad High Court (IHC), said on Thursday.

He pleaded that the powers of parliament, its officers, committees and members could not be challenged under the law.

He said only a single party had challenged the decision of presiding officer as parliamentary or any of its committee's decision could only be discussed in the house.

Justice Aamer Farooq inquired the counsel that in case of any clash between the members of parliament, either they could register the first information report (FIR) against each others.

To this, Barrister Ali Zafar said an FIR could only be registered if anyone was killed in the fight.

Quoting another country's precedence of a quarrel in parliament, he said the parliament served a contempt notice to lawyers who challenged the parliamentary violence in the court.

He said English courts also treated the parliamentary proceedings as their inner subject. The courts could not interfere directly or indirectly in the affairs of parliament, he contended.

The lawyer said Pakistan's parliament had the same privilege as the British parliament kept.

Justice Farooq said traditions were also followed in several matters in Britain.

Barrister Zafar said the basic affairs here were similar to the British parliament.

His arguments were based on three points including freedom of expression, sovereignty and powers of parliament and its members, he said adding the institution could not be strengthened without these basic points.

He said the house had freedom of expression under Article 66(1) and it had powers to make rules for regulating its procedure and the conduct of its business under Article 67.

He said neither the parliamentary matter could be challenged in any court under Article 68 of the Constitution nor the court could raise question on the parliamentary proceedings under Article 69.

The Senate chairman's lawyer said Article 66 also mentioned the privilege of parliamentary members. The 66(1) stated that the speech or vote of any member also could not be challenged in courts.

The Constitution had drawn a clear line regarding the powers of parliament and courts, he said.

The court instructed the lawyer to conclude his arguments on the next hearing and adjourned the case till August 10.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri heard the case.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan Peoples Party's Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani had challenged the rejection of his seven votes by the presiding officer in elections for the Senate chairman.