Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) has issued the list of its ticket holders for the Punjab Polls that likely to be held by 14th May as per Supreme Court Orders.
According to a statement issued by the PTI, the candidates will submit their tickets to relevant returning officers today.
Separately, a four-member committee has also been constituted to remove objections to the distribution of tickets which has always been an issue in the party.
“The committee shall decide on the appeals regarding the distribution of tickets,” the statement added.
The panel includes Musaddiq Abbasi, Ijaz Chaudhary, Rai Hassan Nawaz, and Aoon Abbas.
Remember that, Supreme Court (SC) on in its ver4th April verdict declares the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) 22nd March order to postpone Elections in Punjab null and void ordering to hold poll by 14th of May.
A three-member bench heading by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar — announced the reserved verdict on the PTI’s petition challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan’s order postponing the elections in Punjab and KP.
The Supreme Court declared the ECP’s order postponing the provincial assembly elections until October 8 as “unconstitutional” and ordered the government to release Rs21 billion funds for elections in Punjab by April 10.
The top court also directed to conduct Punjab polls on May 14. The SC further directed the caretaker government in Punjab to assist the commission.
Supreme Court also directed Pak Army to provide security for the upcoming elections and also orders to ECP to hold elections.
However, the National Assembly later passed a resolution rejecting the three-member Supreme Court bench’s verdict on the Punjab polls, stating that it would not provide funds to the ECP for polls.
The electoral watch dog informed the Top court that it had not received the required funds from the ministry after which the three-member bench directed the State bank to release funds “directly”.
Earlier in Federal Meeting The deputy governor SBP Seema Kamil said they have allocated Rs.21 billion for the Punjab elections as per the Supreme Court’s ruling, but the central bank does not has the authority to release the funds directly.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Finance and Revenue Aisha Ghaus Pasha emphasised that the SBP cannot spend money without the permission of the parliament.
“If the National Assembly allows funds can be released [to the ECP],” she said, clarifying that even the Finance Division cannot spend without seeking permission from the cabinet and the lower house.
Intelligence Agencies Brief SC on Security Issues
Earlier Top officials of intelligence agencies met with Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and other two other court judges who are hearing a case related to the elections in Punjab on 14th May.
According to sources, ISI and MI chiefs gave a briefing to the judges on the security issues of the country.
Sources further revealed that the meeting between the judges and the security officials continued for over two hours in the CJP’s chamber.
It is to be pertinent that, Court is hearing the election delay case and has summoned the chief of leading political parties today.