ISLAMABAD: Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court of Pakistan to wrap up the open ballot reference by tomorrow (Wednesday) otherwise elections for the Election Commission of Pakistan will not be possible. March 3
A five-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, held a hearing today.
PPP’s Raza Rabbani, who has argued against open voting during the proceedings, said the Constitution of Pakistan does not require voters to identify their vote.
“The law will make its own way where votes will be bought and sold,” Rabbani pleaded. “If there is corruption before voting, then there is no logic in looking at the votes.”
On this, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan asked the former chairman of the Senate whether there was any mechanism by which the secrecy of the vote was not affected and the vote cast was also checked.
The Chief Justice remarked, “The law is completely innocent and blind. Is there no system available through which we can find out who voted for whom? If bribery is linked to bribery, then we are against it.” Can’t review. [the process], “He asked.
The Chief Justice stressed that everyone is against corruption. “We don’t want this whole exercise [Senate elections] “It’s going to get lost,” he said.
During the hearing, the Attorney General said that when it comes to the Presidential Ordinance, no one has the right to present their arguments except political parties. “Bar councils have nothing to do with politics,” he said. “I am against their arguments being heard.”
The Supreme Court appealed to the parties concerned to summarize their arguments every half hour on Wednesday.
JUI-F and Jamaat-e-Islami agreed with the arguments put forward by PPP’s Raza Rabbani.