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Govt Demands Resignation from Chief Justice of Pakistan

The political turmoil in Pakistan has escalated as the government demands the resignation of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial. The demand stems from what the government calls controversial decisions made by the Chief Justice in directing the electoral body to hold elections in Punjab on May 14.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb led a news conference where she demanded the Chief Justice’s resignation, citing a note in the Punjab poll case by Supreme Court Justice Athar Minallah. The PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif also accused the Chief Justice of pushing the PTI’s agenda and called for his resignation.

The government spokesperson criticized Justice Minallah’s decision, saying that a three-member bench led by the Chief Justice was formed on a petition that had already been dismissed by four judges. The spokesperson questioned why the bench was formed and how a decision could be accepted when the majority of judges do not accept it.

The demand for the Chief Justice’s resignation comes on the heels of the National Assembly passing a resolution rejecting a recent minority judgment of the apex court and urging a full court review of the rewriting of the constitution.

The situation highlights the ongoing tensions between the government and the judiciary in Pakistan, with allegations of political interference and manipulation. It also raises concerns about the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

The role of the judiciary in a democracy is critical, and any attempts to undermine its independence can have severe consequences. The government and political leaders must respect the judiciary’s decisions and uphold the principles of democracy and the rule of law.

It remains to be seen how the situation will unfold, but one thing is clear: the stability and future of Pakistan depend on the government and its leaders’ commitment to democracy and the rule of law.

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