The Supreme Court has resumed hearing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) petition that is challenging the decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan to defer the Punjab elections until October. At the hearing, the government added a statement through Mansoor Awan, the Attorney General of Pakistan, asking the bench to recuse itself from the case. This move follows last week’s “complete no confidence” statement from coalition leaders. These events have led to heightened security in the area and restrictions on entry to the premises. Additionally, roads surrounding the building have been temporarily blocked by police. The bench hearing the case, now only comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, Ijazul Ahsan and Munib Akhtar, has urged the government to provide good reasons for their stance. Conversely, the government has urged the court to “object to the maintainability and hearing of the petition for being based on misreading and mistaken understanding of the March 1 order”. Events last week led to the original five-member bench being disbanded following the recusals of Justices Jamal Khan Mandokhail and Aminuddin Khan.
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