Pakistan top court hears Khan’s defence of blocking no-trust vote

Supreme Court resumes hearing of multiple petitions challenging Imran Khan’s decision to dissolve parliament and call for early elections.

  • Supreme Court expected to rule on petitions challenging the legal validity of PM Imran Khan dissolving Parliament and calling for early elections.
  • Court, which has been hearing arguments from Khan’s lawyers and the opposition since Monday, delayed its decision on Tuesday.
  • On Sunday, the deputy parliamentary speaker dissolved the National Assembly to sidestep a no-confidence vote that Khan appeared certain to lose.

Here are the latest updates:

ECP asked to fix election date

President Arif Alvi has asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to fix a date for holding fresh elections.

The President’s office, through a letter, said that it was mandatory to hold elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the assembly.

On Tuesday, the ECP said holding elections in three months was not possible.

Journalists protest against minister

Dozens of journalists have protested against former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry outside the Supreme Court building after he termed them as “sellouts”.

Chaudhry refused to tender an apology over his statement after which reporters refused to cover his news conference.

Opposition leader attacks Khan

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal has accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of a “poor handling” of the country’s foreign policy.

“You have severed relations with our allies and trade partners,” Iqbal told reporters. “Imran Niazi, you are a disgrace.”

Iqbal said his party hoped the top court ruling will safeguard the supremacy of the constitution.

‘People must come out’: PM Imran Khan

Shortly before the Supreme Court hearing, the embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan asked the people to “come out and defend” the country.

“The people are always the strongest defenders of a country’s sovereignty & democracy. It is the people who must come out & defend against this latest & biggest assault on Pakistan’s sovereignty & democracy by a foreign power thru local collaborators – our Mir Jafars & Mir Sadiqs,” Khan tweeted.

Agencies say no proof of foreign conspiracy: Reuters

Pakistan’s security agencies have not found credible evidence to confirm Khan’s complaint of a foreign conspiracy, an official with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified, has told Reuters news agency.

Khan and the deputy speaker had said Pakistan’s National Security Council, a top panel that groups civilian officials as well as the military and intelligence chiefs, had confirmed a plot to overthrow him.

However, the official, who is privy to such proceedings, said the security agencies had not come to the same conclusion as Khan and had communicated their view to him.

(Al Jazeera)

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