LHC seeks reply from Centre over Opp leader case

Amraiz Khan

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday once again summoned a reply from the federal government on February 28, over a plea seeking the removal of the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Raja Riaz.

Speaker National Assembly had submitted a reply to an earlier notice from the court in the case. “Appointment of the opposition leader is the parliamentary proceeding, which could not be challenged,” Speaker had said in a reply to previous notice.

Advocate Azhar Siddique in his plea referred the Supreme Court’s decision with regard to the assembly rules and argued that the court could rule over any unconstitutional business in the parliament. Petitioner termed Raja Riaz’s appointment as unconstitutional adding that he is a member of the PTI and could not become an opposition leader as he was given the position without the party’s approval.

Petitioner sought his appointment as null and void. Dissident Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNA Raja Riaz was appointed as opposition leader in National Assembly with the support of 16 lawmakers in May last year after 125 PTI MNAs resigned from their assembly seats.

Riaz joined the race for the opposition leader’s slot along with GDA MNA Ghous Bakhsh Mahar, following the withdrawal of PML-Q MNA Moonis Elahi. The dissident PTI MNA had submitted an application signed by 17 lawmakers in the National Assembly secretariat for nominating him as the opposition leader.