The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given government a deadline of ten days for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) appointments. The IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted the hearing against the appointment of two members of ECP.
Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar appeared before the court from federal government’s side. Tariq Khokhar requested the court to allow them some time to resolve the matter in the wake of seventh session of parliamentary committee which was held yesterday.
During the hearing, in his remarks, CJ said that the court wants to see parliament as the supreme body. “It is not an ideal situation to bring the problems of parliamentarians to the courts. It is a matter of the parliament’s sovereignty. Everything is in the hands of the parliamentarians and the court does not want to intervene,” he said.
Justice Athar Minallah further stated that both opposition and government are respectable for court. “The post of Chief Election Commissioner is highly important. We want both government and opposition to settle the matter through mutual consensus. Speak National Assembly and Chairman Senate are neutral parties and they can end this deadlock,” he added. Court, after giving government a deadline of ten days, adjourned the hearing till December 17.
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17 November, 2019