ISLAMABAD - Although National Assembly Speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza has done extensive consultation on the issue of Prime Minister’s conviction and her role in the whole exercise but she would be adopting a wait-and-see policy instead of forwarding any reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Sources aware of the Pakistan People’s Party strategy to tackle this issue informed TheNation that the National Assembly Speaker would wait for the outcome of the appeal to be filed against the conviction of the PM in contempt of court case by the apex court and readjust her course of action in the light of the decision on the appeal.

Sources further informed that during her interaction with the constitutional experts over the past couple of weeks the Speaker had secured a lot of input on her role in the whole exercise but she would unlikely take some step ahead of the decision of the SC in the appeal of PM.  The legal and constitutional experts were of the view that the role of the Speaker is not more than a postmaster and even if she would not forward the reference for disqualification of the PM to Election Commission of Pakistan the matter would automatically move to the Election Commission on expiry of 30 days time given to the Speaker to deal with the matter.

But some legal experts did see the role of the Speaker in the whole exercise and said that her comments on the reference would matter and she could even turn back the matter to Supreme Court seeking guidance on some law points. But sources aware of the deliberations taking place in government circles in this connection informed that the Speaker would not take any action on the reference sent to her by the apex court and would let the controversy generate on the issue on expiry of the stipulated period in which she would be required to forward the reference to the Election Commission.