PTI to move SC against ECP order delaying Punjab polls
Islamabad: PTI announced that it would approach Supreme Court against Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to put off Punjab Assembly elections by more than five months to October 8.
In surprise move, electoral watchdog put off Punjab Assembly elections originally scheduled for April 30 citing deteriorating security situation in country. Addressing media alongside PTI’s Asad Umar and Senator Ejaz Chaudhry, Fawad Chaudhry said entire country wanted Article 6 of Constitution, which deals with treason, to be invoked against ECP officials. “This article has never been imposed on anyone but this time we have found civilians and it will be applied on them,” Fawad said. “This is first time sitting civilian government has made move to subvert Constitution”.
He expressed hope that apex court would rule in party’s favour. “Entire nation is ready for elections,” Fawad said, asserting that polls would be held on April 30 “Because Constitution and SC said so”.
He said it was imperative for top court and public to protect Constitution, reiterating that entire public was standing behind top court. “I appeal to judges that saving Constitution is their job. You don’t have any other work.”
PTI leader maintained that top court was being pressurised through campaign being carried out against them by incumbent government. “But I hope SC judges will protect Constitution,” he said. “Millions of people are standing behind Chief Justice of Pakistan.” He lambasted Law Minister saying, “Azam Tarar should change his name to devil’s advocate”.
Published in The Daily National Courier, March, 24 2023