ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected a government appeal for a stay order on decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to suspend Rs341 billion government relief package for farmers.
Last month, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the Rs341billion Kissan Relief Package with special cash relief for cotton and rice cultivators, weeks after the schedule was issued for local government elections in Sindh, Punjab, and Islamabad.
But on September 30, the ECP announced that the prime minister’s relief package was a violation of the electoral code. The ECP decided to stop implementation of the package until December 3.
The federal government later moved the high court against the ECP decision to suspend the farmer’s package, saying it was not announced to influence voters in the local bodies’ elections. It further said that the package was suspended by the ECP without hearing the stance of the Finance Ministry and the Planning Division