ISLAMABAD: Strongly expressing displeasure Thursday against the PML-N led government for delay in appointment of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members, Pakistan’s top court set July 28 as the deadline for the government to appoint the ECP members.
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who had taken suo moto notice of the situation, said the commissioners should have been appointed beforehand after the term of the previous ones expired last month.
“Our concern is that the constitutional mandate should be fulfilled within time. The institution has become non-functional,” the chief justice observed adding, “The court wants appointments of new members in Election Commission so that the institution can work properly.”
The CJP remarked the entire system is on the brink of being paralyzed; hence, the government would not be allowed to play gimmicks leveraging the law.
The institution should not have been rendered non-functional, Chief Justice Jamali said the apex court has no bearing on conducting consultations with the political parties.
Briefing the court about cause of delay in appointments, Additional Attorney General submitted that appointments delayed owing to 22nd Amendment.