Pakistan’s Supreme Court will announce its verdict on the PTI’s (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf) petition challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone polls until October 8 on Tuesday. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and Justice Munib Akhtar reserved its verdict on Monday after hearing all parties, including the government, the PTI and the ECP. Following several high-drama hearings, the Supreme Court will decide whether the general public should be granted the right to choose its own representative, or that representative should be chosen by an authority that is appointed by an institution. The verdict will help determine the future of democratic practices in the country. On Monday, the government requested that a full court be formed, and advocated for the PTI’s application to be dismissed. However, the CJP turned down the request for a full court and instead proposed that a larger bench be sought. The ramifications of the case are significant, as the court’s verdict may have broader implications for the general public’s civil rights in Pakistan.
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