Pak Cabinet decides to take up Punjab election funds matter in Parliament


An emergency meeting of the federal Cabinet on Sunday decided to take up in Parliament the matter of providing funds to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding the polls in politically crucial Punjab province on May 14 as directed by the Supreme Court, according to a media report.

The decision was taken after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired the cabinet meeting on the weekly holiday (Sunday) to deal with the “current political and constitutional crises” in the country, the Express Tribune newspaper reported.

A three-member bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday fixed May 14 as the new date for elections to the Punjab Assembly, as it quashed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to extend the polls date from April 10 to October 8.