LHC re­stores mem­ber­ship of MPA from PP-217 seat

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MUL­TAN: A bench of the La­hore High Court Fri­day re­stored the mem­ber­ship of an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date who had de­feated For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the July 25 gen­eral elec­tion.

Muham­mad Sal­man had bagged 35294 votes against Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who man­aged to get 31716 in PP217 (Mul­tan-VII) con­stituency elec­tion on July 25.

His vic­tory, how­ever, was short-lived as the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan disqual­i­fied him on a pe­ti­tion filed by vot­ers Shoaib Ak­mal Qureshi and Tahir Hameed Qureshi, who claimed Sal­man did not meet age re­quire­ments at the time of the polling.

"Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Data­base Reg­is­tra­tion Author­ity (Nadra) records, Muham­mad Sal­man was un­der 25 years and thus not el­i­gi­ble to con­test the elec­tion," the elec­toral com­mis­sion said. It also or­dered re-elec­tion in the con­stituency.

Sal­man, who later joined the rul­ing Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) party, moved the LHC Mul­tan bench against the ECP ver­dict, which sus­pended the de­ci­sion and sum­moned ex­pla­na­tion from all the par­ties in­volved in the case. - NNI

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