SC approached for overthrowing PM, CEC

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An application was filed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking the removal of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja from their offices over failing to release funds for the Punjab elections.

Zahoor Mehdi filed a plea in the court wherein he nominated PM Shehbaz, CEC Sultan, President Dr Arif Alvi, and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Molana Fazlur Rehman as respondents. The plea stated that the PM had lost the confidence of the parliament after rejecting the bill seeking the approval of supplementary grant for holding Punjab polls, and CEC Raja’s demand for funds and security was not suitable.

“The PM and the CEC are united over the issue of the election,” the plea added. The plea also requested the court to appoint a caretaker PM and a caretaker CEC, order the release of RS21 billion in funds for the election, and hold the election without the Army and Rangers.—NNI