In a major development, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered new elections to be held in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) within the next 90 days. The decision comes after a long legal battle between political parties and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over allegations of electoral fraud and irregularities in the previous polls.
The ruling was made after a five-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard the petitions filed by various political parties seeking fresh elections in these two provinces. The court found that the ECP had failed to conduct free and fair elections in Punjab and KP, and therefore ordered new elections to be held within 90 days.
The decision has been welcomed by many political parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which is the ruling party in KP. The opposition parties have also expressed their satisfaction with the verdict, claiming that it will pave the way for a level playing field in the upcoming elections.
The decision to hold fresh elections in Punjab and KP is expected to have far-reaching implications for the country’s political landscape. Both provinces are considered to be key battlegrounds for political parties, and the results of the upcoming polls could have a significant impact on the country’s future political direction.