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Assembly dissolution controversy hits Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan raised concerns on Thursday regarding the dissolution of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies. The judges, including Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, questioned whether the dissolution of the assemblies was in accordance with the Constitution and whether it was constitutionally wrong.

They also considered whether the matter can be resolved through restoration. Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah questioned the directive of an individual to dissolve the assemblies when representatives are elected for five years.

The court clarified that the elections must be held within 90 days of assembly dissolution. Punjab Governor Baligh ur Rehman denied dissolving the provincial assembly on the chief minister’s advice.

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