Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Supreme Court on Wednesday resumed hearing on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) petition asking the apex court to revisit its April 4 order to hold polls for the Punjab Assembly on May 14.
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Munib Akhtar remarked on Tuesday that the apex court had a “clean heart” and would not use the past against the government.
At the outset of the hearing, Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan came to the rostrum and began to present his arguments. He said that some of the court’s remarks day earlier left a “wrong impression”.
Justice Bandial recalled that the jurisdiction of a review was discussed in court yesterday and said: “We will not use the past against the government … we are sitting here after rendering several sacrifices.
Here, the CJP remarked: “You should not worry. We are sitting here to hear you. If a reasonable point is raised, we will review it and take a decision.”
“Tell your colleagues not to say such things at the door of the court,” he added, reiterating that the court “is sitting quietly because we work for God alone”.
Referring to claims of the SC providing PTI Chairman Imran Khan with a Mercedes to appear before the court on May 11, Justice Bandial said that reports attributed to the court were not always accurate.
“I don’t even use a Mercedes myself,” he stated, adding that it was the police who had arranged the luxury car for the former premier.