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Punjab elections: Intelligence agencies officials brief SC judges on security

ISLAMABAD: Top officials from Pakistan’s intelligence services are said to have met with Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and two other apex court judges who are considering a case relating to the May 14 elections in Punjab.

According to insiders, the ISI and MI heads briefed the judges on the country’s security challenges.

According to sources, the meeting between the justices and the security officers lasted more than two hours in the CJP’s chamber.

On April 4, a three-judge bench led by the chief justice and comprised of Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan declared the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone the election for the Punjab Assembly as “unconstitutional” and ordered the province to hold elections on May 14.

On April 14, the same bench directed the SBP to immediately release Rs21 billion for the election and submit its findings by April 18.

Yesterday, the National Assembly rejected a supplementary proposal for a grant for elections in Punjab.

Azam Nazeer Tarar, Minister for Law and Justice, presented a supplemental demand of Rs 21 billion in the House to cover election expenses in Punjab.

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