Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has announced that his party will celebrate a “day of thanks” in over 75 cities across Pakistan. The announcement follows a Supreme Court verdict that stated that elections should be held in the Punjab on 14 May rather than having been postponed until 8 October. In response, Pakistan’s federal cabinet issued a statement expressing its view that the verdict was “not actionable.” Khan has used social media to call for peaceful protests to support the court and to demand that elections be held without delay. He also warned against the possibility of the “ruling mafia” deciding not to hold the elections “because they are petrified of losing.” The Supreme Court directed the Punjab’s caretaker government to help the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) with the elections, with the federal government also ordered to release up to PKR 21bn ($200m) to the ECP by 10 April.


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