CJP takes suo motu notice over delay in Punjab, KP polls

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial has taken suo motu notice of the delay in conducting polls in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has formed a nine-member bench to oversee the issue. The bench includes Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Athar Minallah. The case has been fixed for a hearing tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm. The development follows President Dr Arif Alvi’s announcement that elections for Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assemblies will be held on April 9 (Sunday). The ECP has called an emergency meeting to discuss the issue. Last year, Imran Khan announced that his governments in Punjab and KP would dissolve their assemblies to pave the way for fresh elections, and as per the constitution, fresh elections must be held within three months. Follow my Facebook group to keep up with the latest news on this case and other important issues in Pakistan.

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