SC de­clares Sheikh Akram as re­turned can­di­date from NA-89

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day de­clared PML-N's Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Akram as re­turned can­di­date from NA-89 Jhang, af­ter he was un­seated by an elec­tion tri­bunal on April 9, 2014, which had de­clared his op­po­nent, Mo­ham­mad Ahmed Lud­hi­anvi, as the re­turned can­di­date from the con­stituency.

A three-mem­ber bench headed by Jus­tice Saqib Nisar heard the case and an­nounced its ver­dict on a pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted by Akram in 2014 fol­low­ing his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion by an elec­tion tri­bunal in April 2014. The tri­bunal had de­clared run­ner-up can­di­date Maulana Mo­ham­mad Ahmed Lud­hi­anvi of the Ahle Sun­nat Wal Ja­maat elected. The court also de­clared the de­ci­sion of elec­tion tri­bunal as null and void.

Ear­lier in De­cem­ber 2015, the apex court while re­serv­ing its ver­dict on the pe­ti­tion had sus­pended the de­ci­sion of the elec­tion tri­bunal, which had de­clared the run­ners up Muham­mad Ah­mad Lud­hi­anvi as suc­cess­ful can­di­date from the con­stituency Lud­hi­anvi, the head of the pro­scribed Ahle Sun­nat Wal Ja­maat (ASWJ), and Akram con­tested May 11, 2013 polls on the Na­tional As­sem­bly seat NA-89 (Jhang). "The judg­ment is re­served," Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar had an­nounced in De­cem­ber last year, af­ter con­duct­ing an ex­ten­sive hear­ing.

Both Lud­hi­anvi and his op­po­nent's son Sheikh Waqqas Akram, were present in court along with their sup­port­ers. Lud­hi­anvi was rep­re­sented by se­nior coun­sel Tariq Mehmood, while Makhdoom Ali Khan was the coun­sel for Mr Akram. Mr Akram had con­tested the elec­tion and won the NA- 89 seat in place of his son, Sheikh Waqas Akram, who had been mired in le­gal pro­ceed­ings re­lated to a fake de­gree charge. The Jhang con­stituency has al­ways con­sid­ered a hot­bed of sec­tar­ian strife.

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