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Elections will be held on time, reassures CJP

There is no margin in the Constitution to allow delay in general elections, said Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday.
“Thankfully we have a Constitution that states everything,” he said while addressing an event. “If you think elections cannot be postponed because there is no margin to do so in the Constitution then they would not be delayed, but if you think there are chances then this could happen.”
However, CJP said, parts of the Constitution that he has read so far do not allow elections to be postponed.
“Apart from the Constitution, there is faith that the public of Pakistan has entrusted upon me, which I will not breach,” Chief Justice Nisar said while talking about elections being conducted on time.
The CJP also spoke about martial law, saying he would try to resist it even if he is alone in doing so. “If I am unable to resist martial law then I would pack up and go home, but would not endorse it.”
The CJP said he did not deem it right to speak much on the topic as the event he was addressing was held in honour of the services of human rights advocate Asma Jahangir.
While speaking about Jahangir, the CJP said she had great leadership qualities and above all was a great humanitarian.
Recalling the days when they worked together, Chief Justice Nisar said Jahangir would volunteer to take up cases of women who could not afford lawyers, before he would assign them to anyone.
“She always had the courage and passion to work for the poor and down-trodden people of the society,” the CJP said. “Don’t have much words to express her personality.”