PDM meet in Lahore today to talk over legal matters
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will preside over a meeting of the ruling coalition today in Lahore to examine the ongoing political turmoil in the nation as well as cases being considered by the Supreme Court. According to sources, the meeting will be held at PM’s residence in Model Town where leaders of the allied parties will devise a strategy to deal with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and legal challenges.
Postponement of Elections for the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assemblies:
In the midst of controversy over the suo motu notice issued in this regard, the Supreme Court is currently considering a case over the postponement of elections for the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.
Elections in the two provinces were postponed on March 22 by an order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which the PTI had appealed. Two judges had recused themselves from the case after the Supreme Court ordered that all proceedings be postponed in accordance with Article 184, which led to the dissolution of the five-member bench that had been initially assembled to hear the plea (3).
Nevertheless, a three-member bench presided over by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and made up of Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Munib Akhtar is currently considering the PTI’s appeal following the recusal of two justices.
The current issue was made worse on Friday when the court denied the government’s bid to establish a full court. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has already rejected the bench.
The (JIT) Report:
The joint investigative team (JIT) report, which initially acquired some shocking information about the persons who were hiding in Imran Khan’s Zaman Park mansion, is reportedly being eagerly awaited by the ruling coalition.
According to the sources, the government alliance would not support conversation with Imran or the PTI because “they are not trustworthy people.”
Imran is reportedly speaking with the leaders of the ruling alliance through a backchannel. The alliance’s top officials will also talk about Imran’s aversion to communication and its motivations at their meeting today.
Azam Nazeer Tarrar, the federal minister for law and justice, will provide a briefing on the general condition in the Supreme Court litigation around the issue of elections for the provincial assemblies of Punjab and KP as well as a contested suo motu.
PM Shehbaz Crucial Meeting:
Before PM Shehbaz left for Lahore, he held a crucial meeting with Attorney General Mansoor Usman Awan in Islamabad. He also departed for Lahore and would be accessible for advice throughout the meeting.
According to the sources, the administration would take into account the possibility of boycotting the Supreme Court’s three-member bench proceedings after the court’s bench size was reduced from nine to three as a result of judges recusing themselves.
The leaders of the ruling alliance would also take into consideration a suggestion to make certain inquiries at the Supreme Judicial Council.
In the conference, a political plan of attack against the impending PTI and Imran movement would be developed.
Quaid Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would take part in the conversation from London, according to the sources.