The Chief Justice of Pakistan has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to consult with the President on the date for the general elections. The ECP had informed the Supreme Court that the elections would be held on February 11. In a written order, the Chief Justice instructed the Attorney General to arrange the meeting between the ECP and the President and to provide Alvi with the court order. The Chief Justice expects the matter to be settled and for the court to be informed of the decision the next day. The order followed a hearing of petitions calling for the elections to be held within 90 days after the dissolution of the National Assembly. During the hearing, the ECP lawyer stated that the elections would be held on February 11. The Chief Justice questioned why the ECP had not consulted with the President, and after a recess, instructed the ECP to discuss the matter with Alvi. The Chief Justice announced that the Supreme Court will announce the final date for the elections and petitions regarding delays will not be entertained. PPP lawyer Farooq H. Naek suggested that parliamentarians should move an amendment to Article 254 of the Constitution to validate the election date.
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