Justice Markandey Katju: Pakistan Supreme Court is entirely responsible for nation’s crisis

Justice Markandey Katju says, “On May 2, it was announced that the talks between the ruling PDM and the opposition PTI for agreeing to a fresh date for holding the Punjab Assembly elections in Pakistan have broken down.”

I submit that this crisis and imbroglio can be directly attributed to the Pakistan Supreme Court’s failure to do its duty of upholding the country’s Constitution.

Justice Markandey Katju: How I would have dealt with Pakistan case

Justice Markandey Katju says, Pakistan’s Supreme Court delivered a strong verdict on April 4 that in view of Article 224(2) of Pakistan’s Constitution, elections to a Provincial Assembly must be held within 90 days of its dissolution. Consequently, it struck down the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan postponing the Punjab Assembly elections to October 8, and directed that the elections must be held on May 14. However, thereafter, the Court seems to have developed cold feet, and allowed the matter in court to drag on for over three weeks, and it is still going on.