SC did not want a delay in elections: Chief Justic Pakistan

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar reiterated on Monday that Elections will be held on prescribed period under the Constitution.

The chief justice gave the remarks while hearing a case regarding Election Commission of Pakistan’s temporary ban on recruitment in state departments.

He also spoke about the reason behind taking a suo motu on the decision, saying he took the step in a move to ensure the general elections are held on time.

He remarked that complaints regarding appointments are also filed in the high courts, adding that cases would be decided as soon as possible as the court did not want a delay in elections.

Under which law, the ECP has imposed the ban, the chief justice questioned during the hearing.

The ECP secretary replied that the Election Act, 2017 authorised the Commission to conduct fair elections; therefore, such measures were being taken.

The chief justice asked if the ban on hiring will be implemented on the key institution where a process of appointing heads was underway. The chief justice then inquired if such a decision will affect government functions.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, then adjourned the case till Tuesday, while notices were sent to the ECP and to the attorney general and advocates general.

A three-member bench headed by the chief justice and comprising justices Umar Ata Bandial and Ijaz-ul-Ahsan heard the case.

The ECP in an official statement said that ban will take effect from April 01. All federal and provincial authorities have been issued directives to strictly comply with the restrictions, the Commission said.

It added the ban is aimed to ensure transparency in the general elections scheduled around August this year.


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