Police officers walk past the Supreme Court of Pakistan building, in Islamabad, Pakistan April 6, 2022. — Reuters

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Police officers walk past the Supreme Court of Pakistan building, in Islamabad, Pakistan April 6, 2022. — Reuters

The National Assembly on Friday notified the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill 2023 — law that would curtail the powers of the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) —  as an act.  

The bill’s implementation was halted by Supreme Court’s eight-member bench headed by CJP Umar Ata Bandial. 

However, it was notified as a law today because it was deemed to have been assented to by the president (with effect from April 21, 2023) under Clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

President Alvi returned the bill back to Parliament as soon as it was passed by both houses.

However, it was made an act today as it was passed by the joint session of the parliament after the president’s refusal.

The second time president did not give assent to the bill but as per the Constitution, a bill turns into an act within 10 days if it has been passed by a joint session of parliament.  


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