The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) workers protested at the Supreme Court of Pakistan against Chief Justice of Pakistan Umer Ata Bandial for allegedly providing preferential treatment to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in multiple cases. PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had called on supporters from all allied political parties to join the protest. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supported the protest. The government discouraged Fazlur Rehman from holding the sit-in at SC premises due to “security concerns” and requested that it be shifted to D-Chowk but its efforts proved futile. On the other hand, the government imposed Section-144 in Islamabad on Monday. This sit-in coincides with the hearing of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) plea, requesting the apex court to reconsider its decision to hold elections for the Punjab Assembly on May 14. The SC adjourned the hearing till May 23. The government recommended holding the federal and provincial elections at the same time. On the flip side, PTI kick-started its “Ayen Bachao, Mulk Bachao” (save constitution, save Pakistan) movement after the government flouted SC’s order to hold elections in two provinces.
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