Bringing parliamentary matters in court is not good both for court and parliament: IHC

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice (CJ) Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah has remarked bringing parliamentary matters in the court is not good both for parliament and court.
He further remarked “ what job should be done in parliament should not be got done by the court.

IHC reserved judgment on maintainability of a petition filed by PML-N MNA Shahnawaz Ranjha against government decision to divert CPEC Rs 24 billion to parliamentarians for spending on their schemes.

PML-N MNA Shahnawaz Ranjha said that Rs 24 billion have been deducted from CPEC project and have been provided to members of assembly on account of development funds.
Justice Athar Minallah remarked “you are Member of National Assembly (MNA), you should have resorted to parliament.

CJ IBD remarked this court wants supremacy of parliament. You could obtain these details through parliament.

The petitioner said as MNA I sought these details from ministry which were not provided. Several days have been elapsed but ministry of planning has not furnished these details.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked “ if such petition is heard by the court then it will have an effect on the supremacy of the parliament. The member of assembly have a lot of powers.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked if member of assembly exercises his powers then it is good for parliament. Parliamentary matters should not be brought in the court. The court has not such powers which a member of assembly wields.

The petitioner said that government is involved in this matter and we want constitution of Pakistan is fully implemented. We are seeking details only from the ministry.

The court after hearing the arguments of PML-N MNA, Mohsin Shahnawaz reserved the judgment on the maintainability of the petition.

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