Aitzaz urges SC to ask PM, ministers over delayed provincial elections

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and senior lawyer Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan has sought the Supreme Court (SC) to ask Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other federal ministers why the provincial elections were delayed.

Aitzaz Ahsan urged that the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar, and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) be called before the Supreme Court for their remarks on the delay in the provincial assembly of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Speaking to the media at the Lahore High Court (LHC), he said that if elections were not held on May 14 as ordered by the court, PM Shehbaz and the interior and law ministries will be held accountable.

Who are they to refuse to hold the elections when the SC has ordered that they take place on May 14? He questioned.

Ahsan said that if they acknowledge not following the court’s directives, the nation’s highest court should “summon them and then must punish them under contempt charges.” He said, “Those responsible for the disobedience should be disqualified for five years each,” saying that “the PM should be asked how his decision could be accepted when he himself did not obey the court’s order.”

He said, “It is amazing how the PDM was able to make Imran unbeatable in elections.

Ahsan, who expressed his displeasure with the coalition government’s choices, warned that “if nothing changes and all political parties remain committed to the achievement of their vested interests rather than obeying the Constitution, the country will face enormous problems in the future.”