Soon after the SC announcement, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Imran Khan convened an emergency meeting of party leaders at his Islamabad residence on Wednesday to discuss the possible outcomes. All central leaders have been asked to ensure their presence in the meeting.
“Finally, the anxiety has come to an end. The entire nation, including all political parties, has gone through a testing time over the past two months and has been awaiting this day,” senior PTI leader Ishaq Khakwani told Dawn.
“This is a defining moment for Pakistan,” Mr Khakwani said. Whatever the judgement says, it will definitely open up new avenues, whether it is in favour of his party or not.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurengzeb told reporters that the Supreme Court decision would be in accordance with the law and Constitution, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government believed in the dignity and honour of constitutional institutions.
She said the impending decision would lay to rest all rumour-mongering and speculation, adding that those levelling false accusations would get nothing.
She recalled that the prime minister offered himself up for accountability, even though the Panama Papers did not mention his name. He wrote to the Supreme Court to form a judicial commission and, when the proceedings finally began, he presented the account details of three generations, including his late father, Mian Mohammad Sharif.
Sheikh Rashid said in a television programme on Tuesday that he would accept whatever decision came, adding that the thrust of his arguments before the court revolved around articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution, which lists the disqualification criteria for members of parliament.
Meanwhile, special security measures have been taken to ensure proper decorum and the smooth functioning of the Supreme Court on April 20.