The Lahore High Court has reserved its decision on the petitions for holding elections in Punjab.
Justice Jawad Hassan of the Supreme Court reserved the decision while hearing the petitions for holding elections in Punjab.
During the hearing on the petitions for the date of elections in Punjab, IG Punjab Usman Anwar appeared in the Lahore High Court who told the court that I do not know the background of the case, we will follow the decision of the Election Commission. .
Justice Jawad Hasan said that we just wanted your assurance, IG Punjab can go if he wants.
The Chief Secretary Punjab said in front of the court that we will be bound by the decision of the court and the Election Commission, after which the court allowed the Chief Secretary Punjab to go as well.
The lawyer of the Election Commission gave arguments and said that the only issue before the court is who has to give the date. The state is not a party, the court cannot issue any direction to one who is not a party.
Tehreek-e-Insaf’s lawyer said that the Election Commission was made a party through the amendment.
The counsel for the Election Commission replied that the President has not been made a party yet.
Justice Jawad Hassan inquired that your objection is that the Election Commission is not a party.
The lawyer of the Election Commission said that the Election Commission is not a party to give the date, let the law show that the date of the general election has to be given by the Election Commission. Implementation of Article 220 is not the work of the Election Commission, how can elections be held until the Election Commission receives funds? I need the full support of the federal government for the election, I have objections to the admissibility of the petition, the date of the election can be delayed in the law, how can transparent elections be held without a caretaker setup? It is not written anywhere in the constitution that the date should be given by the Election Commission, if it is written that the date should be given by the Election Commission, then I will go out now.
Shahzad Shaukat, the lawyer of Governor Punjab Balighur Rehman, argued that in all the petitions, some or the other accusations have been made against the governor. Yes, the Governor has to act on the advice under Article 105, the automatic dissolution of the Assembly is given in the Constitution, when the Governor has dissolved the Assembly, it is his responsibility to give the date, if the Governor does not part of the dissolution of the Assembly. If they are, it is not their responsibility to give the date of the election, the caretaker government is appointed on the advice of the governor.
The lawyer of the Governor of Punjab requested to reject the request of Tehreek-e-Insaf and said that when the Governor does not give a date, the requests should be rejected.
Tehreek-e-Insaf’s lawyer, Barrister Ali Zafar, while giving counterarguments, said that the Chief Secretary and the IG have assured to perform their duties, the President can give the date of the election, the matter of not giving the date of the election cannot be left blank. .
He said that the governor, the president and the election commission can give the date of the election through notification, it cannot be kept silent, the president is not refusing, if the court says, then the president will follow it.