Today Might Have Been PM Shehbaz Sharif's Last Day In Office: Talat Hussain

Today Might Have Been PM Shehbaz Sharif's Last Day In Office: Talat Hussain
Today is arguably Shehbaz Sharif's last day as the premier as a possible decision by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial over contempt in the Punjab elections case looms large, said journalist Talat Hussain.

"If you look at the activity in the Federal Cabinet, you would feel that the premier is preparing to face the worst," Hussain said.

To substantiate his point, the journalist pointed to the delisting of the Punjab polls case. "There is a lot of speculation surrounding this development," he said in a podcast on Wednesday.

If CJ Bandial hears the case tomorrow, the chances of him granting more time for the release of election funds remain slim, he maintained.

Hussain further said that the premier may be given some 48 more hours to comply with the orders, but with the condition that he will stand dismissed otherwise.

'If this deadline isn't given and the decision is given there and then, Shehbaz Sharif will cease to be the prime minister'.

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In this situation, the journalist said, the government would scramble to find a way out of its predicament.

He opined that the court has narrowed out the situation for itself, where they are to give a verdict based on either compliance, or of premier's removal from office.

Earlier today, the roster for Bench 1 of the Supreme Court was changed due to the “indisposition” of CJ Bandial before the Wednesday deadline set by the court for political parties to agree on a new date for elections in Punjab.

All cases before the CJ's bench were delisted along with it. The SC registrar delisted the cases but did not state any reason in the notification.

The top court had earlier urged all political parties to quickly come to an agreement on a date for holding concurrent general elections for the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies; otherwise, the court warned, its order regarding the Punjab Assembly elections on May 14 would take effect.