Senate open poll reference: AGP requests SC to wrap up case by tomorrow

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Attorney-General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan. — APP/File

ISLAMABAD: Attorney-General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan on Tuesday requested the Supreme Court of Pakistan to wrap up the open poll reference by tomorrow (Wednesday) saying that in any other case it will not be doable for the Election Commission of Pakistan to carry the elections by March 3.

A listening to was performed at the moment by a five-member bench of the apex courtroom which was presided over by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed.

PPP’s Raza Rabbani, who has argued in opposition to the open poll all through the proceedings, stated that the Constitution of Pakistan doesn’t name upon the voter to establish his vote.

“The law will make its own way where votes are bought and sold,” argued Rabbani. “If corrupt practices take place before voting, then there is no logic in looking at the votes.”

At this, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan requested the previous Senate chairman whether or not there may be any mechanism by means of which the secrecy of the vote will not be affected and the vote forged can be checked.

“The law is completely innocent and blind,” remarked the chief justice.”Isn’t there any system available through which we can find out who voted for whom? If bribes are attached with the votes, how can we not review [the process],” he requested.

The chief justice confused that each particular person is in opposition to corruption and corrupt practices. “We don’t want this entire exercise [Senate elections] to go to waste,” he stated.

During the listening to, the attorney-general stated that relating to presidential ordinances, nobody has the proper to current their arguments apart from political events. “Bar councils have nothing to do with political matters,” he stated. “I am completely against their arguments being heard.”

The Supreme Court urged all events involved to wrap up their arguments inside half an hour every on Wednesday.

The JUI-F and JI agreed with the arguments offered by PPP’s Raza Rabbani.