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Imran Khan to launch election campaign in Punjab today

Imran Khan will address the nation today via video link which will be live-streamed on big screens across different cities in Punjab. 

As the date of the Punjab election has been announced, PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan will officially begin his Punjab election campaign today.

According to the details, Imran Khan will address the nation today via video link which will be live-streamed on big screens across different cities in Punjab.

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He will also meet leaders and workers who voluntarily presented arrests from Lahore. Imran Khan will also announce the schedule of election meetings in his address.

President Arif Alvi announced on Friday that elections in Punjab will be held on April 30, hours after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) wrote a letter to him suggesting possible poll dates.

The Election Commission of Pakistan proposed Punjab election date between April 30 and May 7 in a letter written to President Arif Alvi. The decision was taken in the election watchdog’s meeting, which was presided over by CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja.

The announcement by the President came two days after the Supreme Court ruled that the elections to the Punjab and KP assemblies should be held within the stipulated period of 90 days. It, however, allowed the ECP to propose a poll date that deviates from the 90-day deadline by the “barest minimum”, in case of any practical difficulty. It also held that President Alvi and the KP governor will fix dates for Punjab and KP assemblies, respectively, in consultation with the ECP.

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The SC had taken the suo motu notice of an apparent delay in the elections of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on February 23, following President Arif Alvi’s announcement of the date of polls, a move that drew strong criticism from the government.

Previously, the case was being heard by the nine-member bench but it split on Monday into a five-judge bench after four judges – Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Athar Minallah – recused themselves from hearing the case.