Not in position to give order for referendum on presidential form of govt: CJP.

ISLAMABAD -- In his written verdict on please seeking a presidential form of government in Pakistan, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial said that the apex court is not in a position to make a decision as there is no guidance from the Constitution and the law in this regard.

The CJP has issued the detailed verdict on the identical appeals filed against the order of the Registrar's Office and returning of the petitions with objections.

The CJP, in the verdict, noted that the petitioners and the counsel had argued their cases at length. He added that the petitions had prayed the court direct the prime minister to 'consider the holding of a referendum on the question; whether the people of Pakistan want a presidential form of government or not'.

The CJP said that the court had asked the petitioners how individual citizens can have 'locus standi to press for a change in the political system of the country when there are several forums in existence to voice the said demand'.

The court had also asked the petitioners 'as to which legal criteria are available with the court to adjudicate upon the prayer for change in the political system of the country'.

'The prayers raise a political question. The answer to which cannot be deduced from Constitution based on parliamentary form of government. Consequently, without any guidance from the Constitution and the law, we are not in a position to render any decision, which would in any event merely be a wishful exercise. As a result, the objections raised by the Registrar of the Court are...

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