CJ holds cards close to his chest.

ISLAMABAD -- With just under three weeks left until his retirement, Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial continues to keep some cards close to his chest as speculation abounds on whether he will provide any respite to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its leadership during the limited period.

However, much depends on the support he receives from other judges, particularly when it comes to taking on cases that may ruffle the feathers of "powerful circles."

While Justice Bandial could not rescue the PTI leadership during their most challenging moments, he has managed to sustain hope for their supporters in several critical matters over the past year.

Today, a three-judge special bench led by CJP Bandial himself will resume hearing PTI Chief Imran Khan's petition challenging the amendments in the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.

The CJP has made it clear that he intends to deliver his judgement on this matter before his retirement. Over 45 hearings of the case have taken place thus far.

In addition, another three-judge special bench, led by Chief Justice Bandial, will decide the outcome of Imran Khan's plea to suspend his conviction in the Toshakhana case. The bench is currently hearing Imran Khan's petitions against the trial court's interim orders.

The case holds significant importance for Imran Khan's parliamentary politics, as it is the only one that led to his disqualification for the next five years.

Lawyers now question whether the superior courts can overturn his conviction before the next general elections.

Similarly, if the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspends the former prime minister's conviction, there is a possibility that he may be arrested in another case.

Recently, Imran Khan, through his legal team, moved a constitution petition seeking relief in all criminal cases where his bails were rejected on technical grounds, but the petition was returned by the SC Registrar on the basis of multiple objections. Should CJP Bandial decide to revisit this petition, Imran Khan may find some relief.

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