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Pakistan’s judiciary in crisis


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The Pakistani government’s decision to reject the Supreme Court’s ruling on the delay of provincial assembly elections in Punjab has sparked concerns over the country’s democracy and its ability to attract foreign investment. The government’s demand that Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial step down has also raised questions about the independence of the judiciary.

Former prime minister and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has warned that the government’s disregard for court orders could undermine investor confidence in the country’s judicial system. Khan’s comments came after the government rejected the Supreme Court’s ruling that the elections should be held between April 30 and May 15, instead of the government-backed date of October 8.

Khan has been pushing for early assembly elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces as part of his campaign to force an early general election. However, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has rejected Khan’s call and backed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to delay the polls due to a lack of resources and an ongoing economic crisis.

The PTI chief has also claimed that the sedition cases filed against him and the imprisonment of senior party leader Ali Amin Gandapur are part of a “London Plan” to crush his party before the elections. The government’s refusal to accept the Supreme Court’s decision has raised concerns about the state of Pakistan’s democracy and its relations with foreign investors.

Investors need confidence in a country’s judicial system to have security in contracts, and the government’s rejection of the court’s ruling sends a troubling message. It has also sparked fears that the government is eroding the independence of the judiciary and undermining Pakistan’s democracy.

The situation remains unresolved, and it is unclear how it will impact Pakistan’s economy and its relations with foreign investors. It is essential that the government upholds the rule of law and respects the independence of the judiciary to avoid further damage to Pakistan’s democracy and its economy.

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