The Supreme Court bench comprising three members issued a 2-1 majority decision, validating the petition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan filed. The petition contested alterations to the nation’s accountability laws instituted during the prior government’s time, led by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
A Prolonged Legal Battle
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial was steering this eminent bench, accompanied by justices Mansoor Ali Shah and Ijazul Ahsan. This bench tirelessly conducted over 50 sessions scrutinizing the petition presented by PTI’s head, Imran Khan, which opposed the aforementioned amendments. The judicial team concluded their examination and withheld their final decision during the session on September 5th.
CJP Bandial had vowed to unveil a “brief yet comprehensive verdict” before his tenure ended — he is set to retire as the chief judge of the supreme court on the 17th of September, falling on a Sunday.
Restoration of Corruption Cases
In the verdict pronounced today, the Supreme Court took decisive action to rejuvenate corruption cases directed at public officials, which had been previously dismissed due to the legislative changes introduced during the PDM’s governance period.