PTI senior leader Fawad Chaudhry talking to the media persons outside the ECP office in Islamabad. — Online/File

PTI senior leader Fawad Chaudhry talking to the media persons outside the ECP office in Islamabad. — Online/File    
  • Don’t make joke of constitution and court orders, Fawad tells ECP.
  • Fiddling with constitution will cost country dearly, warns PTI leader.
  • ECP to meet on Monday to discuss LHC order of holding Punjab elections in 90 days.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Fawad Chaudhry slammed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for not holding a meeting on Punjab general elections today (Sunday) despite court orders. 

Fawad, in a tweet, said: “The Election Commission should have held a meeting today for the polls, don’t make a joke of the Constitution and court orders.” 

Further criticising the commission, Fawad claimed that the “general impression” is that since the ECP is made up of “Munshis” ( clerks or personal assistants), it will not hold provincial elections like it did in Islamabad. 

“This fiddling with the Constitution will cost the country dearly,” warned the former information minister. 

Fawad told the ECP that the Constitution is the only agreed document, and if that is also “trampled, then the state of Pakistan will be in serious danger”. 

“Enough is enough, our movement for the supremacy of the Constitution is ready. This movement will start with Jail Bharo [movement] and will continue till the restoration of the Constitution,” said the PTI leader.

It should be noted that PTI Chairman Imran Khan on February 6 announced the “Jail Bharo” (fill up the prisons ) movement over the delay in the announcement of the election schedule in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). 

“If the elections are not held within 90 days, we will start the Jail Bharo movement,” Khan had warned.

ECP to discuss LHC ruling on polls tomorrow

Meanwhile, the ECP has summoned a special meeting on Monday to discuss the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision of holding elections in Punjab in 90 days, The News reported on Sunday.

A special meeting has been called at its secretariat in light of the LHC decision to hold elections in Punjab, according to a brief statement issued by the commission.

The future course of action and implementation would be discussed in view of the court verdict, the statement read.

LHC directs ECP to hold Punjab elections within 90 days

On Friday, LHC had directed the ECP to ensure that polls in Punjab are held within 90 days.

Announcing the reserved verdict, Justice Jawad Hassan accepted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) plea and asked the electoral body to stage the polls within the constitutional limit.

The PTI moved the high court after repeatedly demanding that the election commission issue the dates for the elections in Punjab. The party dissolved the provincial assembly on January 14.

“…the ECP is directed to immediately announce the date of election of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab with the notification specifying reasons, after consultation with the Governor of Punjab, being the constitutional Head of the Province, to ensure that the elections are held not later than ninety days as per the mandate of the Constitution,” the judgment read.

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