CJP Umar Ata Bandial asks govt, PTI to resume talks
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial on Monday asked the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to resume talks again.
The CJP passed the remark while heading a three-member bench, comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar. The bench was hearing the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) plea to revisit the April 4 order that had made it liable on the electoral body to hold elections in Punjab on May 14.
On April 4, the same bench ruled the ECP's decision to hold elections in Punjab on October 8 instead of April 30 was “illegal”, ordering the electoral watchdog to hold polls in Punjab on May 14.
However, the election organising authority, instead of complying with the order, moved the top court to review its directives.
At the outset of the hearing, the court issued notices to the respondents in the case, including the attorney general for Pakistan and advocate generals of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The CJP then asked the parties to give arguments on the admissibility of the plea, inquiring how long would it take the ECP to complete its contentions.
Responding to the inquiry, electoral body's lawyer said that he will take two to three days.
After this, PTI's lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar walked to the rostrum and said, "the Constitution has been murdered". He said that a faction of the country's population comprising 100 million has been deprived of representation.