'Suo Motu Verdict Indicates Deepening Of Political Crisis'

'Suo Motu Verdict Indicates Deepening Of Political Crisis'
The Supreme Court's decision in the KP and Punjab elections case seems a 4-3 split verdict; the dissenting note of the two other judges cannot be ignored.

This bench isn't new; it was reduced from nine members to five; it is now very clear that four judges didn't deem the petition maintainable.

In this scenario, the political crisis does not seem to be ending anytime soon, legal expert Ahmed Hassan Shah told Khabar Say Aagay host Raza Rumi, on Wednesday.

Awais Babar said the ECP didn't explain to the apex court as to why the elections can't be held within 90 days, while the PDM also has chosen to stay quiet on the issue.

According to the barrister, the top electoral authority could have used its powers to delay the elections.

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Barrister Ahmed Pansota said that the Supreme Court was compelled to take the suo motu notice as the political forces weren't ready to resolve the issue in the Parliament.

Fauzia Yazdani said that the people hoped that the court would decide the matter keeping the census in view.

Analyst Murtaza Solangi noted that the counsel for PPP has withdrawn his plea for the formation of a full bench; how can they possibly ask for a review petition to be heard by a full bench?

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ordered that elections in KP and Punjab must take place within the next 90 days, bringing the intense wrangling to an end, for now.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail dissented from the majority’s decision, leaving the judgment split 3-2. The decision was endorsed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Munib Akhtar, and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar. The dissenting note argued that the suo motu was unmaintainable.

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