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Pak Opposition Approaches SC for Intervention on Nomination of ECP

Published Dec 06, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Pakistan judiciary has the reputation of activism and the recent traits demonstrated by the present Chief Justice in heading the bench examining extension to the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa may be an indicator that this role may continue.

Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa who is retiring in another three weeks in a land mark judgment had held in suspension the extension granted to the Army Chief General Bajwa on the last day of his retirement and has given the government six months to fix various anomalies in the same.

Thus the opposition is now approaching the Supreme Court again for resolving the impasse with the ruling party on the nomination of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Activists judiciary is not a new phenomenon in Pakistan.  The previous Chief Justice Nisar was also seen more of an activist taking upon himself the role of the executive with personal inspection of hospitals.

Pakistan’s Members of the opposition approached the Supreme Court requesting it to “pass an appropriate order” in the wake of an impasse in parliament on the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Eleven opposition members signed the petition to the Supreme Court, namely Akram Khan Durrani, Ahsan Iqbal, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Farhatullah Babar, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo, Muhammad Hashim Babar, Muhammad Owais Siddiqui, and Rana Shafiq Khan as per Dawn News

In the Bajwa case, bureaucratic bungling and incompetence may be behind the current impasse with the Supreme Court of Pakistan noticing the flawed process in grant of extension to the Army Chief or is there more to be read in the judgement-

That there were procedural flaws in grant of extension to General Bajwa was well known right from the day the order was issued from Prime Minister Khan’s office.

Thus in a landmark judgement which set Islamabad and Rawalpindi afire, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Nov 26 blocked extension of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa….

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