Election Bill 2017 clearly in clash with the Constitution: PPP

 
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KARACHI, Oct 3 (TNS): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Latif Khosa has said one clause of the Election Bill 2017 clearly in clash with the Constitution of Pakistan.

Election Bill-2017 allows an individual disqualified to be member of the parliament or to hold office of a political party.

“If a bill is in collision with any Article of the Constitution, it would be deemed invalid. And Articles 62 and 63 in the Constitution could not be amended through a bill,” he said in an interview.

Latif Khosa stressed that it was not an amendment in the Constitution, but it was a bill which had become a new law after passing through all the legal procedures. He said if any such controversial bill was passed, it could be contested in the Supreme Court or a high court.

To a query, he said the PPP had to still consult the party leaders on the matter, but as for his personal opinion they must approach court in this regard to convince that all had consensus against the bill and the bill should not be considered to be in accordance with the wishes of people of Pakistan.

“They surely passed the bill in the assembly on the basis of their edge in numbers, while in the Senate it was completely a legislative fraud,” he said.