The Supreme Court is currently hearing petitions challenging the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act 2023. This act requires a committee of three senior judges to form benches on constitutional matters of public importance. The hearing is being broadcast live on television, with all 15 judges of the Supreme Court presiding over the case. After hearing arguments from lawyers, the court took a break and decided to resume after 3pm. Attorney General for Pakistan, Mansoor Usman Awan, then took the floor. Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa, formed a full court to address the pleas challenging the legislation that was suspended earlier in April. Before the hearing began, the government urged the court to dismiss the pleas, arguing that challenges to an act of Parliament were inadmissible. During the hearing, lawyers argued about the legality of the Act and whether Parliament had the power to pass it. The judges repeatedly reminded the lawyers to focus their arguments on the case and referred to constitutional provisions and previous court judgements.
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