ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court (SC) bench will on Wednesday (today) hear the defence ministry’s request to hold general elections across Pakistan simultaneously upon completion of the terms of national as well as Sindh and Balochistan assemblies.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar will take up the plea at 11:30 am.
A day earlier, the defence ministry filed an application in the SC, requesting the top court to recall its April 4 order that had fixed May 14 as the election date for the Punjab Assembly.
The application asked the apex court to issue directives that general elections to the national and all provincial assemblies be held on the same date.
The defence ministry’s application submitted in the court was accompanied by a report, laid before the SC in compliance with its directives to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and other departments to furnish reports after releasing Rs21 billion to the ECP for holding elections to the Punjab and KP assemblies.