Schedule for the general elections in Pakistan

Formal start of election process in Pakistan Decision of Tehreek-e-Insaf intra-party election reserved Reservations on Chief Election Commission of Pakistan Bar Council


Malik HS

12/29/20233 min read

After the release of the schedule for the general elections in Pakistan, the regular start of the election process

Political unrest began in Pakistan as soon as the election schedule was announced. The Election Commission of Pakistan has officially started the election process and has started issuing nomination papers for the general elections.

Pakistan's Supreme Court also ended all options for postponing the general elections. The Supreme Court rejected a petition challenging the demarcation of Balochistan and said it would not allow anyone to postpone the elections. The day before, the Supreme Court ruled in a constituency avoidance case that a person cannot avoid a constituency if the election schedule is made public. Pakistan's Election Commission postponed its decision after considering a petition from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf opposing the party's internal elections. The petition challenging the PTI intra-party elections was heard by a five-member panel headed by the Chief Election Commissioner. PTI Chairman Gohar Ali and party lawyers Ali Zafar and Niyazullah Niazi were also present in the court while several petitioners opposing the intra-party elections, including Akbar S. Babar, also appeared before the election committee.

PTI lawyers debated the legitimacy of party elections. The Election Commission reserved its decision after hearing the arguments. PTI Chairman Barrister Gauhar while speaking to the media requested the Election Commission to immediately issue the bat election symbol to the PTI.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has ordered the dismissal of Ahad Cheema, the establishment advisor to caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar. The Election Commission ruled on Ahad Cheema's nomination petition, saying Ahad Cheema was a member of the previous government and could still influence the election. Therefore he must be dismissed immediately.

The Bar Council of Pakistan and the Supreme Court Bar Council have expressed reservations over the Chief Election Commissioner. The Bar Council of Pakistan has raised questions about election procedures, constituencies and seat allocation by the Election Commission. The statement from the Pakistan Bar Association made it clear that the conduct of the commission has raised serious doubts about the integrity of the general elections, which will provide equal opportunities to all parties politics.

The Bar Council of Pakistan accused Sikandar provincial election commissioner Sultan Raja of creating two parliamentary constituencies in his hometown of Jhelum, which has a population of 1.302 million people. The Bar Council also announced that it would convene a bar conference and launch a campaign against the Election Commission. Following the Pakistan Bar Association's announcement, a spokesperson for the Election Commission denied all allegations against Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja. He said no additional seats have been created in the election commission chairman's constituency. The Election Commission will not tolerate pressure from anyone. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar said holding elections was a constitutional responsibility and that the elections would be clean and transparent. Former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif said the country was evolving in 2017. In 2018, a government was formed through political manipulation, but it brought nothing to the country. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said we have turned politics into personal enmity.

During Bilawal Bhutto's speech at the Lahore High Court Bar Association, lawyers used slogans of Prime Minister Imran Khan. In his speech, Bilawal said Imran Khan called political leaders thieves and laid the foundation for polarization in politics.

Tehreek-e-Insaf lawyer Shoaib Shaheen sought permission to meet Imran Khan at Adiala Jail to discuss the party ticket. The Election Commission informed Shoaib Shaheen that an order to this effect would be issued on his application.

The Islamabad High Court has scheduled Imran Khan's petition to declare the encryption case invalid for hearing. Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb of the Islamabad High Court is scheduled to hear the petition today. Imran Khan challenged the encryption case in the Islamabad High Court, filing a complaint that the trial court's previous proceedings were illegal and contrary to the demands of justice. The proceedings should be declared null and void and the case should be closed.

Meanwhile, NAB has filed a case against former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in the Tosha Khana case. NAB prosecutor Sohail Arif filed the complaint along with investigators. Subsequently, the Responsibility Court Registry launched an investigation into the Tosha Khanna reference.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Imran Khan and former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry could not be charged with contempt of the Election Commission. A four-member bench headed by Election Commission Commissioner Nisar Durrani heard the Election Commission contempt case at Adiala Jail. At this time, Fawad Chaudhry's violation, the Election Commission requested a public hearing, and the hearing in the case was postponed to December 27th. Tehreek-e-Insaf blamed the Election Commission for the incident.