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PMD predicts severe cold and cloudy weather for Islamabad, Rawalpindi and adjoining areas

In most districts of the KP province, the weather will be cold and dry, with Murree, Galiyat, and surrounding areas expecting particularly chilly conditions.

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecasts predominantly cloudy and cold conditions for the twin cities and nearby regions, with a projected decrease in temperature.

Across the nation, the weather is expected to maintain its cold and dry pattern, with the upper regions experiencing notably severe cold.

Some areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded minimum temperature ranging from -1 to -9 degrees Celsius, while Gilgit Baltistan registered readings between -9 to -5 degrees Celsius.

In most districts of the province, the weather will be cold and dry, with Murree, Galiyat, and surrounding areas expecting particularly chilly conditions.

Balochistan’s districts are also set for cold and dry weather, with anticipated temperatures dropping as low as -2 degrees Celsius.

Conversely, Sindh province is experiencing relatively milder temperatures, with readings hovering around 16 degrees Celsius.

However, certain parts of the province might encounter fog and smog during early mornings and late evenings.

ECP challenges PHC verdict about bat symbol for PTI

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken legal action, appealing to the Supreme Court against the Peshawar High Court’s suspension of its directive regarding the appointment of a returning officer (RO) for a provincial assembly constituency.

Irfanullah was designated as the RO for PK-91 Kohat II in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Advocate Afnan Karim Kundi lodged the appeal on behalf of the electoral body under Article 185(3) of the Constitution, contesting the PHC’s ruling made on December 27.

The complaint presented the ECP’s December 25 notification to the PHC, which led to the court suspending the mentioned notification while summoning the ECP.

The appeal questions whether the PHC’s order interfered with the ECP’s constitutional and statutory responsibilities regarding RO appointments under Article 218(3) and Section 51 of the Elections Act 2017. It argues against the suspension of the December 25 notification substituting the RO, emphasizing that no interim relief should impede the ECP’s duties.

It further queries if the court’s jurisdiction is restricted under Section 236 of the Elections Act 2017 and challenges the PHC’s order as potentially disrupting the election process.

The ECP questions the PHC’s authority to suspend its notification without prior notice or an opportunity to explain the valid reasons behind substituting the earlier notified RO on medical grounds.

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