ISLAMABAD: The ruling coalition has decided to take the Supreme Court judgment against the Contempt Of Court Act to the Parliament.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the coalition partners of the government on Saturday. The meeting was presided over by President and Co-Chairman of the PPP Asif Ali Zardari. The coalition partners took stock of the situation emerging after the Supreme Court declared the Contempt of Court Act 2012 as null and void.
According to sources, the meeting was held without any set agenda. All the parties, however, presented their points of view on a variety of issues of national importance. The leaders of the allied parties while discussing the impact of the SC judgment agreed that the matter should be tabled in the Parliament for discussion.
The sources said that the ruling coalition had not decided to introduce a new contempt of court bill. The constitutional experts told the ruling coalition if a new contempt of court law was framed, it would also amount to contempt of court and the higher judiciary would declare it null and void. Therefore, it was decided in the meeting that the matter should be taken up in parliament which would decide on the future of the law.
On the other hand, President Asif Ali Zardari called the PPP constitutional and law experts to the Presidency today to deliberate upon the SC judgment. Moreover, the president also convened a meeting of the PPP parliamentary party on August 8.
According to media reports, President Asif Ali Zardari called PPP leaders including Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsen, Farooq H Naek, Sardar Latif Khosa and other constitutional experts to discuss the situation.