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US lawmaker urges Pakistan political parties to follow SC rulings

Brad Sherman, the United States Representative for California’s 32nd congressional district, has urged Pakistani political parties to follow Supreme Court rulings, as the country’s political crisis deepens due to the ruling alliance’s refusal to implement the top court’s verdict on provincial elections.

On a phone call on Tuesday, the US lawmaker discussed the Supreme Court’s order to hold elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

He allegedly urged PTI chief to follow the rule of law and the Supreme Court’s decision.

Sherman took to Twitter to share some of the details of his conversation with the deposed prime minister. He expressed surprise that Khan was working in the early hours of the morning.

“For democracies to function, parties must follow the rule of law and Supreme Court rulings,” Sherman wrote on Twitter.

The verdict in the election delay case in favor of PTI, which has been demanding new elections in the country for nearly a year, was a victory for the party.

US congressmen and influential figures have recently spoken out in support of Imran Khan, particularly since his party hired another lobbying firm in Washington.

The ruling coalition is still stinging from the Supreme Court’s decision.

Meanwhile, the coalition government is at odds with the Supreme Court after a three-judge bench unanimously declared the Election Commission’s order to postpone the elections in Punjab unconstitutional.

During a coalition party meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that a mockery of the country’s Constitution and law was being made, and the fate of the nation was being decided with strange decisions.

The meeting discussed various options for effectively responding to the verdict, with PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz taking a tougher stance, saying the government should go beyond simply rejecting the decision.

According to Shehbaz, the allied parties also held a consultative meeting with the legal community.

The meeting was attended by PML-N Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari via video link. Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz insisted on filing a reference against the judges on the three-member bench.

Other meeting participants agreed that the parliament should assert its supremacy and take a tough stance without apologizing.

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