The ruling coalition in Pakistan has hit back at the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, claiming that any verdict announced hastily by the Supreme Court in relation to the delay of May’s scheduled general election will not be respected by the public. The comments came after a three-judge bench at the court reserved its verdict on a petition by the PTI party against the postponement of the Punjab region’s polls. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif accused the CJP of ignoring demands to constitute a full court bench and of showing double standards in cases involving Imran Khan, chairman of the opposition PTI, and those concerning the ruling coalition. The prime minister also criticised Bandial for allegedly asking politics parties to provide written proof that they had not boycotted the court. Sharif claimed that the coalition had only expressed a “lack of confidence” in the three-judge bench which heard the PTI’s petition. The Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar, whose earlier speech warning against a controversial decision was supported by Sharif, argued that the proceedings against delaying the elections were “against the principles of justice”.
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