LEGAL FRAMEWORK ORDER, 2002

Chief Executive's Order No. 24 of 2002

August 21, 2002

WHEREAS general elections to the National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies are scheduled to be held on October 10, 2002, and to the Senate on November 12,2002;

AND WHEREAS it is necessary to provide for a smooth and orderly transition;

NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamation of Emergency of the fourteenth day of October, 1999, read with the Provisional Constitution Order No. 1 of 1999, and in pursuance of the powers vested in him by and under the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, dated the 12th May, 2000, and in exercise of all the powers enabling him in that behalf; to revive the Constitution with the amendments made herein, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to make the following order:-

1. Short title and commencement.-(1) This Order may be called the Legal Framework Order, 2002.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. First meetings of National Assembly, Senate and Provincial Assemblies.

(1) The first meeting of the National Assembly shall be held on a day to be specified by the President for the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, the members of the Senate from the Federal Capital, and for the transaction of such other business as the President may specify.

(2) The National Assembly shall meet on a day to be specified by the President to ascertain which one of the members of the Assembly commands the confidence of the majority of the members for the purposes of clause (2A) of Article 91 of the Constitution and the President shall invite such member to be the Prime Minister.

(3) The first meeting of a Provincial Assembly shall be held on a day to be specified by the President for the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, the members of the Senate and for the transaction of such other business as the President may specify.

(4) Every Provincial Assembly shall meet on a day to be specified by the President to ascertain which one of the members of the Assembly commands the confidence of the majority of the members for the purposes of clause (2A) of Article 130 of the Constitution and the Governor shall invite such member to be the Chief Minister.

(5) The fist meeting of the Senate shall be held on a day to be specified by the President for the election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman and for the transaction of such other business as the President may specify.

3. Amendment of the Constitution and removal of difficulties.-(1) The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, referred to in this Order as the Constitution, is hereby amended to the extent and in the manner specified in column (3) of the Schedule.

(2) If there is any necessity for any further amendment of the Constitution or any difficulty arises in giving effect to any of the provisions of this Order, the Chief Executive may make such provisions and pass or promulgate such orders for amending the Constitution or for removing any difficulty as he may deem fit.

(3) The validity of any provision made, or orders passed, under clauses (1) and (2) shall not be called in question in any court on any ground whatsoever.

4. Revival of Constitution of 1973.-The provisions of the Constitution, as amended by this Order and by such other Orders as may be promulgated hereinafter, shall stand revived on such day as the Chief Executive may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint; and different days may be so appointed in respect of different provisions.

5. Order to override other laws.-The provisions of this Order shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution or any other Order or law for the time being in force.

THE SCHEDULE
(See Article 3)

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