Constitution does not permit PM’s solo flight: SC

558451-NawazSharif-1468647713-120-640x480news56sf6fssf5ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court dismissed a review appeal by the federal government on Friday over its ruling that the prime minister is not above the cabinet and he cannot take decisions on financial matters and make statutory regulatory orders (SROs) without the federal cabinet’s scrutiny and approval.

The constitution does not allow the prime minister to take a solo flight, Justice Saqib Nisar said.

He added that powers of tax exemption and tax levies belong to the federal government. “Nowhere does the constitution state that the prime minister or a single minister is the federal government.”

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on August 19, this year, struck down the impugned notifications for withdrawing exemption of sales tax to the companies, importing cellular phones and textile goods.