ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has made it clear that apex court would issue appropriate orders if government would fail to appoint permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) till the deadline given by the court. Meanwhile the government sought two weeks time for the appointment on the constitutional post.
Two-member division bench of the apex court comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Khan and Justice Aijaz Afzal Khan heard the case on Thursday.
Deputy attorney general Sajid Ilyas Bhatti appearing before the court stated that Attorney General has talked to the concerned authorities and he has been informed that the procedure of the appointment of CEC has been started, so the court may give the time of two weeks.
Upon that Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that court on February 19 has given deadline of a month and the matter should be resolved with in the time frame given by the court otherwise court would issue appropriate order. Later the court adjourned the hearing of case till March 20.
It is worth mentioning here that ex CEC Fakharuddin G Ibrahim resigned last year and incumbent Chief Justice Tassaduq Jillani became the acting CEC but after assuming the CJP office the senior most judge of the apex court Justice Nasirul Mulk assumed the office of acting CEC.