IHC hears petition on Presidential Ordinances

ISLAMABAD: A bench of Islamabad High Court on Wednesday heard a petition of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz against legislation by Presidential ordinances.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition of Mohsin Ranjha MNA challenging promulgation of ordinances by the President.
Ranjha’s counsel Umer Gilani requested the IHC to declare the impugned ordinances illegal and unconstitutional being ultra vires of Article 89 of the Constitution and having been promulgated in a mala fide manner.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked why the fair laws being challenged in the court adding that it seems an issue of ego on the both sides. “It is the duty of the parliament to address the problems of people,” the chief justice remarked.
“The court have many other things to do, keep the courts away from political problems,” Justice Athar Minallah further said. “Unfortunately mostly ordinances were passed in dictatorial rule,” the top judge said.
“Legislation is the work of those sitting in the parliament,” the Justice said.
The bench issued notices to all parties in the case including the Attorney General of Pakistan. The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks. The petitioner had prayed the court to order the government to restore the respect of the Parliament and bar it from issuing the ordinances.–Agencies