The much-awaited decision by the Supreme Court was finally delivered on Thursday. The apex court ruled that National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s dismissal of the no-confidence motion was unconstitutional.
Following the momentous decision, politicians on both sides of the political spectrum as well as ardent supporters took to social media to express their opinions on the landmark verdict.
The united opposition celebrated the court order, hailing it as ‘historic’ and that justice has been served.
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif called the ruling, “an epoch-making day,” and lauded it as a victory for Pakistan.
An epoch-making day!
Mubarak to all who supported, defended & campaigned for the supremacy of the Constitution.
Today, politics of lies, deceit & allegations has been buried.
People of Pakistan have won! God bless Pakistan 🇵🇰
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) April 7, 2022
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz expressed her enthusiasm on the judgement, claiming that the opposition had succeeded in “getting rid of the enemy of the nation.”
پاکستان کو عوام دشمن، نالائق ترین، نا اہل ترین اور ناکام ترین حکومت سے نجات بھی بہت بہت مبارک 🇵🇰💚
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 7, 2022
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said “democracy is the best revenge.”
In a press conference held immediately after the verdict, the PPP chairman quoted an English expression: “First they ignore you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Democracy is the best revenge!
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 7, 2022
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while congratulating the nation and supporters on the judgement said that Supreme Court buried the infamous “doctrine of necessity”.
میں سپریم کورٹ کےاس تاریخ سازفیصلے پر پوری قوم،جمعیت علماءاسلام اور اپوزیشن کے تمام کارکنوں کو مبارکباد پیش کرتا ھوں یہ پاکستان کی فتح ھے جمھوریت کی فتح ھے اور عوام کے ووٹ کی عزت کی فتح ھے۔ سپریم کورٹ نے آج آئین کی حرمت کی لاج رکھتے ھوئے، نظریہ ضرورت کو دفن کردیا ھے۔
— Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman (@MoulanaOfficial) April 7, 2022
Other opposition leaders also hailed the top court’s ‘historic verdict’.
“Proud of #PPP & all political parties, the lawyers & the Supreme Court. We all stood by the Constitution & upheld the principles of rule of law,” said PPP leader and Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab.
Proud of #PPP & all political parties, the lawyers & the Supreme Court. We all stood by the Constitution & upheld the principles of rule of law
— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) April 7, 2022
پاکستان کو غیر مستحکم کرنے کی “غیر ملکی” سازش ناکام ہونے پہ قوم کو مبارکباد
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) April 7, 2022
Shortly after the apex court’s decision, Prime Minister Imran Khan called for a cabinet meeting on Friday. The premier further stated that he will address the nation the same day.
I have called a cabinet mtg tomorrow as well as our parl party mtg; & tomorrow evening I will address the nation. My message to our nation is I have always & will continue to fight for Pak till the last ball.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 7, 2022
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Shahbaz Gill reiterated “the sacrifice of our forefathers in 1947”. Gill claimed that the ruling was a testament to being “colonised by the United States”.
ہمارے بزرگوں نے 1947 میں اپنی گردنیں کٹوا کر واہگہ بارڈر ایک آزاد ملک میں رہنے کے لئے کراس کیا تھا۔ ہمارے بزرگوں کو شاید یہ پتہ نہیں تھا کہ برطانیہ کی بجائے امریکہ کی غلامی میں جا رہے ہیں۔
لگتا ہے اب 1947 کی صورتحال میں واپس پہنچ گئے ہیں۔
— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) April 7, 2022
PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan tweeted words of encouragement for supporters, promising that the premier will “fight for his nation” and that he will “announce his next strategy soon”.
یااللہ اپنا کرم فرما- انشاء اللہ جیت اس عوام کی ہوگی – یہ قوم ایک عظیم قوم بننے جارہی ہے – عمران خان اپنی قوم کے لیے ڈٹ کر مقابلہ کریں گے –
ستاروں سے آگے جہاں اور بھی ہیں
ابھی عشق کے امتحاں اور بھی ہیں
جلد کپتان اپنی اگلی حکمت عملی کا اعلان کریں گے – گھبرانا بلکل نہیں ہے
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) April 7, 2022
Journalist Azaz Syed tweeted that the decision by the top court reignited the hope he had for Pakistan.
Social media user Quratulain Baloch expressed that the decision was proof that certain people can “easily sell their souls and countrymen [to foreign powers].”
Can we all come out and reject this decision? What kind of democracy is this where the people’s votes have no value over the MNAs who can easily sell out their souls and their country men. I stand with Imran Khan and for your own sake, Stand up for yourself. #SupremeCourt
— Quratulain Balouch (@Quratulainb) April 7, 2022
Journalist Mansoor Ali Khan claimed that the judgement “punches holes in Imran Khan’s foreign hand narrative.”
This decision has been given after the #SupremeCourt Judges read the minutes of the NSC. It convincingly punches holes in Imran Khan’s “foreign hand” narrative.
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) April 7, 2022
PTI supporters claimed the judgement was a triumph for the United States and the opposition.
They also criticised the judges for their verdict and claimed that the US was successful in enforcing a regime change in Pakistan.