Governor Punjab not performing his constitutional duty: Asad Umar

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader stated on Monday that while elections must be held within 90 days of the dissolution of a legislature, the Punjab governor was failing to uphold his constitutional duty.

Speaking to the media in front of the Lahore High Court (LHC), Umar claimed that because the date of the Punjab elections had not yet been declared, attempts were being prepared to weaken the constitution.

The PTI leader claimed that in the past, the decisions of the people were not respected, and it appeared that some forces had not yet learned their lesson since the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was openly discussing breaking the country’s constitution.

However, he stressed, democracy, the people, and the constitution will triumph against the groups that threatened them.

The PTI’s complaint that Punjab’s general election date hadn’t been announced was accepted for consideration by the LHC earlier in the day.

LHC Justice Jawad Hassan heard the case during which Barrister Ali Zafar made arguments on behalf of the PTI. PTI secretary general Asad Umar, former speaker Sibtain Khan, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Shibli Faraz, and Ali Sahi were all in the courtroom for the hearing.

Elections were meant to take place 90 days after the assembly was dissolved, but the Punjab governor had not even set a date for them, according to attorney Ali Zafar.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should be included as a party in the litigation, according to Justice Jawad Hassan, as the issue of who was in charge of announcing the election date needed to be resolved.