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The role of SCBA in the Punjab CM election case is described by CJP Bandial as prejudiced.

On Monday, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial described the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) involvement in the issue involving the election of the Punjab chief minister as “biassed.”

On the eve of the start of the new judicial year, Umar Ata Bandial addressed a full court reference and stated that when he first took office, there were difficulties with the delivery of affordable and prompt justice, a backlog of cases, and the use of suo motu power.

The CJP highlighted the accomplishments by stating that there were 50,265 fewer cases pending with the judiciary than there were 54,134.

“The distinguished justices forwent their annual holidays and rendered decisions in 6,458 cases in a brief span from June to September.”

He asked the SCBA to help the court, highlighting the importance of new appointments to the highest levels of the judiciary.

In reference to swift justice, the CJP said that he had taken note of the decision made by the then-NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri, deemed it illegal after a five-day hearing, and announced the verdict within three days after consulting with other justices.

Following the political events in March 2022, the apex court received a significant number of cases, he noted.

Despite the political parties’ vehement opposition to Dost Muhammad Mazari, the former deputy speaker of the Punjab, having his decision overturned, patience was displayed, he said.

“We are aware that the nation is through a tremendous economic situation, but the law is equal for everybody,” continued Bandial.

The CJP brought up the Punjab CM election case, claiming that the federation had asked an unconstitutional full court bench and that the SBCA had also played a prejudiced role.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) questioned whether the federal government’s answer respected the judiciary in reference to the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) meeting where the body had rejected Bandial’s nominees for judges of high courts to be appointed to the Supreme Court.