Pakistan’s Supreme Court has resumed hearing a case relating to holding simultaneous elections countrywide. On Thursday, it released an order saying that its April 4 judgement on the May 14 election in Punjab had not changed. That judgement had struck down the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to delay the election citing security concerns and economic instability. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial is hearing the petitions. The government had attempted to have the election deferred while Imran Khan, leader of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has been pushing for early elections since he was removed from power in April 2018. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said elections should be held later this year in line with the demands of the ruling coalition.
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