IHC re­jects plea to put off polls in NA-60

The Financial Daily - - CONTINUATIONS -

IS­LAM­ABAD: A bench of the Is­lam­abad High Court (IHC) on Fri­day dis­missed a pe­ti­tion seek­ing to post­pone by-elec­tion on a Na­tional Assem­bly seat, NA-60, in Rawalpindi.

The bench headed by Jus­tice Amir Fa­rooq had ear­lier re­served the ver­dict af­ter hear­ing ar­gu­ments from pe­ti­tioner Shahid Orakzai who sought its di­rec­tives for the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan ( ECP) to de­fer the up­com­ing by-poll in the Rawalpindi con­stituency un­til a de­ci­sion on PML-N leader Hanif Ab­basi's ap­peal against life term.

The ECP is set to hold by-elec­tions on 11 Na­tional Assem­bly seats, in­clud­ing NA-60, and 26 pro­vin­cial assem­bly seats on Oc­to­ber 14.

Ear­lier in July, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) had post­poned elec­tion in NA-60 Rawalpindi in the wake of PMLN can­di­date Hanif Ab­basi's dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the ephedrine case.

"The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) hav­ing taken cog­nizance of all the at­tend­ing cir­cum­stances is bound to pro­vide level play­ing field to the con­test- ants un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion and the law, par­tic­u­larly Sec­tion 4 of Elec­tion Act 2017." The Con­trol of Nar­cotics Sub­stances (CNS) Court of Rawalpindi handed down life term to Ab­basi in the case re­lated to mis­use of con­trolled chem­i­cal ephedrine.

Ab­basi was con­test­ing elec­tion against Awami Mus­lim League ( AML) chief Sheikh Rashid from NA- 60, Rawalpindi and the PML- N had no cov­er­ing can­di­date in the con­stituency at that time. - NNI

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