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  • Lawyer Basic of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan argues on authorities’s behalf
  • CJP says if authorities doesn’t withdraw reference, SC will give its opinion
  • CJP asks “what is so important about open and secret balloting; why are others not agreeing?”

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed stated Tuesday that if the “government does not withdraw the presidential reference regarding open ballot voting in the Senate elections, the Supreme Court will give its opinion.”

The SC bench, headed by CJP Gulzar Ahmed, heard the case whereas the Lawyer Basic of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan argued on the federal government’s behalf.

Chief Justice of Pakistan remarked that if the federal government doesn’t withdraw the presidential reference, the apex court docket will give its opinion.

“The court has to give its opinion on whether the constitution needs to be amended or not to change the secret balloting method,” he stated.

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The chief justice requested “what is so important about open and secret balloting and why are others not agreeing? What are the consequences if the vote is sold?”

Responding to the highest choose’s query, the legal professional common stated: “Such an act would come under corrupt practice — and a member of the assembly is disqualified under the law for corrupt practices.”

Opposition objects modification

In the meantime, as the federal government eyes holding elections through open poll, the Opposition events have determined to oppose the constitutional modification being launched quickly.

In response to sources, the leaders of PPP, PML-N and JUI-F mentioned the matter after the federal government introduced to introduce a invoice on this regard.

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“The Opposition has decided to not let the amendment pass through the parliament and a strategy would be finalised on Monday before the National Assembly session,” sources stated, including that PPP has determined to oppose the modification.

Furthermore, Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, together with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Balochistan governments, has backed the federal authorities’s opinion on holding open-ballot polls, whereas Sindh has rejected the thought, of their responses to Supreme Court docket.

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