ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday resumed the hearing of the election suo moto case as the deadlock between the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf persisted over talks on polls.
The hearing resumed after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rejected the proposal floated by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani regarding the formation of a 10-member special parliamentary committee with equal representation from both sides to start a dialogue to end the impasse.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umer Ata Bandial will also hear citizen Sardar Kashif Khan’s plea in the open court seeking elections across the country on the same date.
The government is expected to inform the apex court about the progress in the implementation of its orders of holding the political dialogue, in today’s hearing.
The apex court had before Eid ul Fitr directed the political parties to hold a dialogue in a bid to reach a consensus on the date of elections in the country.
The hearing was then adjourned till today (April 27) after the key ruling parties — Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — assured the SC they would sit with PTI and try to find a solution on the election date.
Despite a thaw in strict stances on both sides, that hasn’t yet happened.
However, the ruling alliance has proposed the formation of a 10-member parliamentary committee with equal representation from both sides for talks on holding elections across the country on the same date, in line with the SC order.
The development came after a meeting of the ruling allies on Wednesday, where Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had said that a parliamentary committee would discuss the terms of talks between the allied parties and the PTI.
Meanwhile, the PTI has also formed a three-member committee for talks with the ruling alliance for elections on the same day.
This is a developing story and is being updated with more details.