IHC gives parliament 10 days to finalise ECP appointments.


ISLAMABAD -- The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday gave the parliament 10 more days to resolve the matter over two appointments in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

An IHC bench - headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah - resumed hearing of a petition challenging the appointment of two ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan through a presidential decree.

CJ Athar Minallah heard the petitions of the PML-N leaders, Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Murtuza Javed Abbasi and Jahangir Jadoon. Deputy attorney general Syed Muhammad Tayyab Shah on behalf of the government. The National Assembly secretary, who also appeared in the court today, requested the IHC for additional time.

'It is an important matter and therefore, we will give more time,' said Justice Minallah while adjourning the hearing and seeking a report on December 31.

He said, 'The parliament is supreme and it has to resolve this matter. The leader of the house and the opposition leader should come forward and resolve the matter.'

'ECP is an important institution. It needs a person who has the trust of the people...

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