ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court’s three-member bench expressed displeasure over the delay in Punjab elections caused by its order’s non-implementation.
The bench, led by Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the case inside the courtroom and ordered the State Bank of Pakistan to funds for elections to the Election Commission of Pakistan right away.
The bench was represented by SBP Deputy Governor Sima Kamil, special secretary finance, additional secretary finance, ECP secretary, and Pakistani Attorney General Mansoor Usman Awan.
The judges stated that the orders had to be carried out and expressed their displeasure. According to the ECP’s report to the Supreme Court, despite being instructed to do so, the federal government had not provided funds for the polls.
Prior to the hearing, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with AGP Mansoor Usman Awan, who informed him that the parliament had prevented the government from issuing funds for the elections and promised to present the government’s position during the in-chamber hearing.