ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan has refused to extend deadline of appointing a new full time Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) creating troublesome scenario for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.
November 26 was the last date until when PML-N government required to appoint the new CEC however due to lack of consensus it was not made possible. Amid political differences on the key appointment, SC now recalled the services of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali who was serving as the acting CEC.
The Supreme Court also observed that it would issue notices to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah if the government failed to appoint CEC by next hearing on December 1, 2014.
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-Ul-Mulk comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan heard the case regarding CEC’s appointment.