Punjab crisis: PTI approaches Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD, Jul, 2022- Punjab crisis is taking another turn as on the appeal of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the Supreme Court constituted a three-member bench. The hearing will be held today.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial will comprise Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court will hear the petition at 1:30 p.m.

According to sources, the Registrar’s Office has called for 5 more papers of appeal. PTI has submitted 5 more copies of the appeal to the Registrar’s Office.

According to sources in the Registrar’s Office, the decision of the Lahore High Court is made by 5 judges. Generally, a larger bench is formed against the decision of 5 judges.

Sources in the Registrar’s Office said that more paper boxes were called for as per the legal rules. If a larger bench is formed, copies of the appeals should be completed.

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According to sources, the Supreme Court currently has four judges, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel.

PTI plea: to stay election of the Chief Minister of Punjab 

Earlier, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) today challenged the decision of the Lahore High Court regarding the election of Punjab Chief Minister in the Supreme Court today.
The PTI has requested that the appeal against the decision of the Lahore High Court be allowed and the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab be stayed till the decision of the petition.

In the petition, the PTI has requested that Hamza Shehbaz be removed from office so that fair and transparent elections can be held and the election of the Chief Minister in the Punjab Assembly be suspended immediately.

The petition seeks to change the decision of the High Court and give a reasonable time to convene a meeting.

The petition states that it is necessary to give adequate time to the PTI members of the Punjab Assembly to attend the meeting. The parties have a constitutional right to clean and transparent elections.

The PTI has also requested the Supreme Court to set the appeal for hearing today.

According to sources, the option of boycotting today’s election process by the opposition coalition is also being considered.