SC Informed Of Non-Payment Of Funds By SBP In Polls Delay Case

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In accordance with the Supreme Court’s directives regarding the provision of funds for the elections in Punjab, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Ministry of Finance, and the central bank (SBP) each presented their individual reports on the release of cash on Tuesday.

The concerned justices will receive the reports in their chambers after they have been sent to the office of the apex court registrar.

The court-ordered monies of Rs21 billion were not sent by the state bank by April 17, according to a statement released by the electoral body.

The SBP has, in the meantime, provided its own explanation outlining the causes of their inability to release the money.

The Federal Cabinet’s decision to refer the subject back to Parliament was described in detail in the report on the topic that the Finance Ministry presented via the Attorney General’s Office.

The ministry has also informed the supreme court of the legal implications of the financial transfer as well as the assistance given to the SBP.

It should be recalled that the government received information from the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue on Monday (yesterday) about money for elections.

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Despite the SBP allocating funds in accordance with court rulings, the issue was ultimately referred to the federal cabinet, which then brought it to the National Assembly.

The lower house rejected the administration’s motion on the same day to give the federal government Rs21 billion to cover uncharged expenses for the ECP during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.

All eyes are on Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to see how he and his fellow judges would enforce adherence to the court order to hold Punjab Assembly elections on May 14 in light of the current conflict inside the SC and a potential conflict with Parliament.

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