SC won’t hesitate to take action if Govt-PTI talks fail: CJP


Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial said on Friday that the Supreme Court would use the Constitution to implement its verdict of holding elections in Punjab on May 14 if the talks between the government and the PTI failed.

The top judge passed these remarks during the hearing of the petition seeking simultaneous elections across the country.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar heard the case

At the outset of the hearing, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) lawyer Farooq Naek read out the report submitted over PTI-govt talks on the election date.

CJP Bandial emphasized the importance of political leadership in resolving political is sues and also inquired about ongoing discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and asked if the budget was formulated under the guidelines of the IMF package.

The Chief Justice noted that the court had already issued a verdict regarding holding polls within 90 days, and further stated that the court would not sit idle with the verdict for the May 14 polls if the parties involved failed to reach a resolution. He stressed that the matter in court was constitutional, not political and that the Supreme Court had left political matters to political parties.