The Supreme Court will take up a constitution petition on Monday moved by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri, seeking reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprised Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will take up Qadri’s plea.
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to all the respondents including Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir and fixed 11th Feb as hearing date of the case.
Qadri has been demanding electoral reforms since his arrival in the country and his long march attended by thousands of his followers prompted the rulers to hold negotiations with the cleric to woo him to end his sit-in. Qadri decided to move the apex court after government refused to accept his demand to reconstitute the electoral body during a round of talk held at his residence in Lahore.
In his petition, Qadri calls for fresh appointments of the Chief Election Commissioner and the four members of the ECP. He pleads their appointments were “not in accordance with the provisions of Articles 213 and 218 of the Constitution, hence all these appointments are void ab initio.”