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PDM objects to two judges hearing suo motu on elections in Punjab & KP

PDM objects to two judges hearing suo motu on elections in Punjab & KP
February 24, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Friday objected to two judges who are hearing the suo motu taken by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

Farooq H Naik, counsel for the PDM, read out the joint declaration from the PML-N, the PPP and the JUI-F before the nine-member bench hearing the suo motu.

"Justice Ejazul Ahsan and Justice Mazahar Naqvi had written the note of the suo motu and they should separate themselves from the bench for the fair its trial. He said that the note written by Justice Jamal Mandokhel was very serious, appealing to the chief justice to constitute a full court for the case.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that the judges will hear the issue on Monday that the chief justice has prerogative to take the suo motu notice. "We will first talk about maintainability of the case. The decision was announced on Feb 16 and suo motu was taken on Feb 22. We perused several incidents, including the date announced by the President for the elections. I felt that the constitution is knocking at the door of the court," he observed.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked that would it not be appropriate that the full court should hear the matter. Justice Jamal Mandokhel observed that political matters should be resolved in the Parliament.