Government under pressure, for appointment of permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)

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ISLAMABAD- Supreme Court (SC) has given time till December 8 to government, for appointment of permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) remarking, action will be initiated against Prime Minister (PM) and leader of the opposition if appointment is not made as reported by INP.

A three-member bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Nasir ul Mulk, issued this order at the request of Attorney General (AG) Suleman Aslam Butt today.

The AG told, the government, PM and leader of the opposition have held a meeting and sincere efforts are underway for appointment of CEC. “If time is given till December 5 then permanent CEC will be appointed”, he prayed.

The SC acceded to his request and warned “we are giving you time till December 8 and appointment of CEC be ensured till this time.” CJP remarked “giving time does not mean we are giving you any chance. We want CEC iappointed as soon as possible as it is a constitutional office and it cannot be kept vacant at any cost.”

The AG once again assured the court appointment would be made till December, 5. The CJP made it clear “either you make appointment or not but Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali will not remain acting CEC and we will withdraw him on December, 5. We are adjourning the hearing till December, 8. It should not be taken as chance. CEC be appointed at every cost otherwise action will be initiated against the PM and leader of the opposition.”

The court adjourned the hearing of the case till December, 8.