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Judge Amin-Ud-Din recuses himself from election delay case

ISLAMABAD: After a Supreme Court judge suspended proceedings under Article 184, Judge Amin-Ud-Din Khan withdrew from a five-member court hearing the election delay issue on Thursday (3).

Around 11:30, the Supreme Court was scheduled to continue hearing (PTI) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf‘s appeal against the ECP’s decision to postpone the elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. But the hearing was postponed due to Justice Amin-Ud-Din’s absence.

Since Monday, the case has been heard daily by a five-person bigger bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and consisting of Justices Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Munib Akhtar, Amin-Ud-Din Khan, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail.

Following the ECP’s decision to push back the Punjab elections from April 30 to October 8 due to the financial and security agencies’ acknowledged inability to support the electoral process, PTI filed a petition with the Supreme Court.

Judge Mandokhail discussed the case’s merits during yesterday’s hearing because the Supreme Court had not yet issued an order of the court.

One of the contentious issues in the plea is whether the Supreme Court’s March 1 decision was upheld by a 4-3 majority or rejected by a 3-2 majority.

While also asking the government for assurances that the political climate in the nation will be moderated.

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