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Pakistan

PTI to challenge Punjab election delay in Supreme Court

  • PTI leaders say ECP's decision was in violation of the constitution
Published March 23, 2023

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has announced it will challenge the Election Commission of Pakistan's decision to postpone Punjab elections until October in the Supreme Court, Aaj News reported on Thursday.

In a press conference in Lahore, PTI leaders Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry made the announcement.

Umar said the decision to move the Punjab election from April 30 to October 8 violated the constitution.

He claimed ECP was in contempt of the Supreme Court which instructed the body to hold elections within 90 days of dissolving the Punjab Assembly.

During the presser, Fawad Chaudhry explained that PTI counsel Ali Zafar was drafting a petition that would be filed tomorrow.

Umar said PTI was going to plead with the top court to hold the election on April 30, the date set by the ECP and President Dr Arif Alvi.

Earlier in the day, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the ECP decision to postpone the provincial elections of Punjab was in the interest of Pakistan.

In a statement, she said that “the Election Commission took the decision keeping in mind the economic, political, and security situation”.

According to her, the ECP saved the country from a massive constitutional crisis, and the delay in the election will steer political stability in the country.

Marriyum maintained that under Article 218 of the Constitution, the ECP was liable to ensure transparent, impartial, and fair elections.

On Wednesday, the ECP postponed Punjab elections till October 8, saying that a new schedule will be issued in due course of time.

In the order, the ECP said that in the exercise of the powers conferred upon it by Article 218(3) read with Section 58 and Section 8(c) of the Elections Act, 2017, the commission “hereby withdraws the election program […], and fresh schedule will be issued in due course of time with the poll date on October 8”.

Earlier, ECP had announced to hold polls for the dissolved assembly of Punjab on April 30.

Commenting on the development, Imran said that the ECP’s decision to postpone elections was a blatant violation of the Constitution.

“Today, everyone must stand behind the legal community - the judiciary and lawyers - with the expectation that they will protect Constitution. If this is accepted today, then it is the end of the rule of law in Pakistan,” he said in a tweet.

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BK Mar 23, 2023 08:46pm
Ok, so PTI folks/supporters are arrested for tweets, or being disrespectful to state institutions or raising concerns against army elites and here we have individuals completely and utterly violating the orders from SC and worse, the constitution of Pakistan but nothing happens? SERIOUSLY!!!!
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KU Mar 23, 2023 10:16pm
Just watched the 10:00 PM news where the IG Punjab was addressing police officers at an event. He openly threatened PTI supporters and protesters with action and revenge, if they indulge in stone pelting and rioting. Is this professional conduct by an officer of the law, and a police chief of a province? It will surely get worse in the coming days of political discontent.
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Qasim Mar 23, 2023 10:28pm
They can challengeanything and almost everything and surely will get decision in their favour or atleast remarks to boost their political agenda..
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Hafeez Mar 24, 2023 12:25am
Unfortunately country has been hijacked by "Generals" on behest of foreign masters!
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A. Tahir Mar 24, 2023 12:27am
When country is ruled by "Juhalla" and illiterate "Pain-doos par excellence," the rule of law and constitution does not mean an iota for them!
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TimeToMovveOn Mar 24, 2023 01:40am
Pakistan is now an illegally occupied territory of the PDM+Establishment+ECP. After complaining that India illegally changed the constitution in Kashmir, Pak has illegally violated its own constitution. If elections are held today, the anarchist IK will come to power fair and square. But the PDM goons know they will be finished if IK comes to power. Much blood has been spilled, and it has become an existential crisis. As Michael Klugement said, Pakistan is a train wreck happening in slow motion with no end in sight.
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bonce richard Mar 24, 2023 03:32am
@KU, Same thing happened in East Pakistan in 1971 one of our Gen Tikka wanted plain land no people. What happened was we lost one wing. Now the same game is played to divide the country by our own hands. Our criminal and Chor army never want fair elections in our country, the result comes from GHQ Rawalpindi.
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Parvez Mar 24, 2023 03:41pm
The silence from our superior judiciary is deafening.....and not a good sign for the country.
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