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CJP urges government and PTI to re-engage in talks

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ISLAMABAD: In a significant development, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial urged the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to reinitiate talks, marking a call for renewed dialogue.

Heading a three-member bench, comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar, the CJP made this remark during the hearing of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) plea to reconsider the April 4 order that held the electoral body responsible for conducting elections in Punjab on May 14.

On April 4, the same bench declared the ECP’s decision to schedule elections in Punjab on October 8, instead of April 30, as “unlawful.” As a result, the court directed the electoral watchdog to hold the polls in Punjab on May 14.

However, rather than complying with the court’s order, the election organizing authority approached the apex court, seeking a review of its directives.

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