The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa, expressed his disappointment that the decision on the date for general elections should have been made by the President and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), rather than in court. He stated this in the detailed order following a hearing on petitions seeking a date for the elections. The Chief Justice emphasized that the court was aware of its constitutional jurisdiction and did not intend to encroach on the authority of the President or the ECP. The Supreme Court had directed the ECP to consult the President in determining the election date, which resulted in an agreement to hold the elections on February 8. The court also raised concerns about the way the state’s affairs were being managed, particularly referencing social media messaging by the President. It criticized the misuse of freedom of the press to spread disinformation and undermine democracy. The court also highlighted the negative impact of disinformation on human rights, democratic norms, and citizen engagement. However, the court acknowledged the role of responsible and truthful media reporting. This information was published in Dawn on November 5th, 2023.
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