Islamabad, Oct. 23: The Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan has expressed serious concern about the timing of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 1996 Asghar Khan petition.
“A decision at this time can result in a clash between political parties. It might affect the course of the next elections,” The Express Tribune quoted CEC Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, as saying.
Last week, the apex court had ruled that the 1990 election was rigged and that a political cell maintained by the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan supported the formation of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) to stop a victory of the PPP.
The ruling said Ghulam Ishaq Khan, former army chief Mirza Aslam Beg and the ISI’s former director general Lt-Gen Asad Durrani violated the Constitution, and ordered the government to take legal action against them.
Ebrahim said the judgment “has left everything in a shambles” and added that the move will not bode well for a smooth political transition.
Earlier, Ebrahim had said that the verdict would have severe implications, that the decision would fuel political “anarchy”.
“The case has been pending for the last 16 years, but the court has given its decision now. I think it would add to the political anarchy in the country … it certainly won’t do any good,” Ebrahim was quoted, as saying. (ANI)