ISLAMABAD    -    The Supreme Court of Pakistan Thursday ad­vised the Pakistan Teh­rik-e-Insaf (PTI) law­makers to return to the Parliament as the peo­ple have elected them for five years.

A two-member bench of the apex court head­ed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial conduct­ed hearing of PTI Sec­retary General Asad Umar’s appeal against the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict on the acceptance of their MNAs’ resignations by the Speaker National Assembly phase-wise.

It was September 6 when Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah had turned down the PTI pe­tition challenging the phase-wise acceptance of its MNAs and declared that the then deputy speaker Qasim Suri is­sued a notification of acceptance of the resignation is “in violation of the Constitution”. During the hear­ing, Justice Bandial again asked the PTI lawmakers to return to the Par­liament. He said people have elect­ed them for five years and, there­fore, they should play their role in the Parliament. The Chief Justice fur­ther said that it was the prerogative of the Speaker to adopt a procedure for the acceptance of members’ res­ignations. He added that they cannot interfere in the internal proceeding of the Parliament as they respect it. The CJP further said that the court interferes only when there is consti­tutional violation. He continued that interfering into the Speaker’s juris­diction will be difficult for the court.

Justice Bandial asked from Faisal Chaudhry, the PTI lawyer, that by accep­tance of MNAs’ resignations what polit­ical mileage the PTI wanted to achieve.