Pakistan Supreme Court Decision Today Regarding Holding of General Elections: Today, all eyes in Pakistan are on the Supreme Court as the verdict in the SUO Motu case for delaying the announcement of the election date in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be announced at 11 a.m. A five-member bench, including Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, will deliver the ruling.
Initially, the verdict was expected to be announced on Tuesday when the court reserved its decision, but the apex court decided to announce it on Wednesday instead. This matter has gained significant attention as the ruling will settle the authorities of the president, governor, and Election Commission of Pakistan concerning the announcement of the election date in the event of the dissolution of provincial assemblies.
Pakistan Supreme Court Decision Today PDF
Previously, the court instructed political parties to consult with their leadership and reach a consensus for the elections. However, PML-N requested more time, citing the unavailability of ruling alliance members. During the hearing, CJP Umar Ata Bandial stated that the Elections Act, of 2017, clearly states that the president can announce the election date.
Supreme Court orders elections in Punjab and KP in 90 days
The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a ruling stating that elections must be held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab within 90 days. The parliaments of these provinces were dissolved over a month ago in order to prepare for general elections. The decision was made by a panel of five judges led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, which also included Justices Mansoor Ali Shah, Munib Akhtar, Jamal Khan Mandokhail, and Muhammad Ali Mazhar.
Since early January, caretaker governments have been in place in these provinces following their respective legislatures being dissolved by the ruling party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). This latest political crisis arose after President Arif Alvi declared the election date when the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) refused to do so.