The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa, made comments about democracy being a fundamental right both in the country and within political parties, during a Supreme Court bench hearing. This hearing was about the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) challenging the Peshawar High Court’s decision to restore the ‘bat’ election symbol to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
The ECP had previously rejected PTI’s symbol for general elections due to failure to hold intra-party polls as per its constitution and election laws. The PHC restored the symbol temporarily until a divisional bench hearing was scheduled. However, the PHC revoked the stay later, causing the PTI to move the Supreme Court.
During the hearing, legal actions, appeals, and arguments were presented by both the PTI and the ECP. The ECP highlighted procedural and constitutional concerns, while the PTI contested these arguments. The Chief Justice urged both parties to present the complete case record and directed various questions to understand the details of the case.
The hearing ended with the PHC seeking a response from the ECP regarding a contempt plea from PTI. The court gave the ECP until January 16 to provide a response on the implementation of its orders.
The content also highlighted statements and observations made by the Chief Justice, other Justices, and lawyers from both sides throughout the hearing. Additionally, the ECP’s petition challenging the PHC’s order and the PHC’s responses were mentioned. The article concludes with a note about more information to follow.
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