The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP ruling)’s to postpone and hold general elections in Punjab till October 8 was challenged by the Supreme Court on Monday. The Supreme Court reserved its decision, which will be made public today (Tuesday).
A three-judge panel, presided by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and made up of Justices Ijazul Ahsan, Munib Akhtar, and Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the petitions from Punjab, KP, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The political side still has time to discuss and compromise rather than raise a new problem, the chief justice added. The supreme court must strike a balance while stressing that “we are not strict.”
The CJP noted that the situation is not only tense inside the courtroom but outside of the court, as well. He said that the parliament could have lowered the temperature. He claimed that as there is no political debate, the Supreme Court was asked to hear the matter. The burden is on the federal government to demonstrate that the challenges would be resolved as quickly as feasible.
Judge Bandial instructed the government to provide the story since it is so significant. Adding that there is now no explanation, you (the government) would have to provide one. We are not here to create problems or emergencies. “If tragic events take place during the elections, the court would be held accountable.”
The political powers owe the populace obligations. If political discourse is not started and the Court is not given a commitment, it is extremely evident that elections must be held within 90 days as required by the Constitution.
The panel remarked that whether the prime minister is an elected official or a caretaker, the president always acts on his advice. The chief justice then questioned Pakistan Tehreek-e-attorney, Insaf’s Barrister Ali Zafar, about how the president could announce the date for the Punjab Assembly elections unilaterally. Ali was told to write a note about it and file it.
The court stated that if money and security are given to the Commission, the ECP counsel has completely transferred the responsibility onto the finance and defense secretaries so that they are prepared to carry out their constitutional responsibilities and organize elections on April 30.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP), and Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Pakistan (JUI-P) legal representatives were not permitted to present their arguments before the bench.
Judge Munib informed them that despite the parties’ announcement to boycott the process, their attorneys still desired to submit a response.