Caretaker Government: Pakistan’s top judge questions utility and purpose of caretaker governments

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan‘s Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa has questioned the utility and objective of getting caretaker governments whereas noting that the duty of holding free and truthful elections lies with the Election Commissionand never the interim setup. The highest decide made the remarks on Tuesday whereas listening to a case associated to holding well timed elections within the nation, the Specific Tribune newspaper reported.
Pakistan, which is at the moment being run by the caretaker authorities led by Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, is predicted to go to polls in January subsequent 12 months. Caretaker governments are additionally ruling Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
“One goal of a caretaker authorities is to make sure clear elections. Nonetheless, the duty for clear elections lies with one other establishment (ECP) as per the Structure,” Chief Justice Isa mentioned.
“When this duty is vested within the ECP (Election Fee of Pakistan), what’s the want for a caretaker authorities?” he questioned.
Justice Isa, who was main a three-member bench, famous that the particular person – army dictator Normal Zia-ul Haq – who launched the concept of caretaker authorities within the Structure didn’t implement it himself.
“Zia induced the concept by the Eight Constitutional Modification however when the federal government of Mohammad Khan Junejo was dismissed, a caretaker authorities was not fashioned. There have been two elections within the nation with no caretaker authorities,” he mentioned.
The chief justice additionally traced the historical past of caretaker set-ups in Pakistan, ranging from the dismissal of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s first authorities to the dissolution of assemblies by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led coalition in August, the Daybreak newspaper reported.
He noticed that the constitutional modification with regard to caretaker authorities was made in haste. Nonetheless, he famous that it was for Parliament to look into this matter.

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