The Constitution makes it binding on the authorities to hold the elections 90 days after the dissolution of an assembly, but those at the helm intent to delay the polls in any possible way that they can.
Even the general elections may not be held on time, let alone the provincial polls, Nayyer Ali told Khabar Say Aagay hosts Raza Rumi and Murtaza Solangi.
“There are a myriad of ways if you do not want to implement a certain process and judiciary and lawyers know this well,” he said.
Looking at the current economic emergency and the new wave of terrorism, it’s quite clear that the polls won’t be held on time, he maintained.
He referred to the statement of the Chief Election Commissioner in the Supreme Court that the electoral authority is being restrained from exercising its powers and Constitutional duties.
The CEC said the ECP has been unable to get security from the military, electoral staff from the judiciary, and a financial grant from the finance ministry.
Imran Khan’s strategy
Journalist Haider Waheed said that former premier Imran Khan is working on a plan of not appearing in the courts.
“He seems to think that if he begins to appear in the cases and the proceedings move forth, he may be disqualified before the polls. It isn’t the right strategy; courts don’t really want to disqualify him.”
On the audio leaks, he stressed that it was a message to the judiciary that we know ‘your hands are not clean.’
According to reporter Shahbaz Mian, Imran Khan has been able to get “relief after relief” because he is one of the elites.
On the austerity drive, Journalist Shahbaz Rana highlighted FBR’s move to buy new luxury vehicles. The rulers, he added, haven’t adopted measures to self-restraint when it comes to spending; how are they expecting others to do so?