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Pakistan faces constitutional crisis over elections: What to know

Parliament passes motion rejecting Supreme Court order for polls to proceed

Pakistan's government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif insists it cannot afford to fund provincial elections nor guarantee their security, while the Supreme Court has ordered polls to proceed. (Source photos by Reuters and AP)

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan faces a full-blown constitutional crisis after the Supreme Court this week ruled that provincial elections should go ahead, while parliament on Thursday rejected the order.

The court on Tuesday overruled a decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan to delay the polls until October -- when a general election is also due. Ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan had sought to trigger the provincial ballots by dissolving two local assemblies he controlled, as part of a strategy for forcing an early national vote he is convinced he will win.

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