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LHC suspends ECP order to de-notify 43 PTI MNAs

LHC suspends ECP order to de-notify 43 PTI MNAs

LHC suspends ECP order to de-notify 43 PTI MNAs

LHC suspends ECP order to de-notify 43 PTI MNAs

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  • LHC Judge Justice Shahid Karim heard the case.
  • Court also issued notices to the ECP and federal Govt.
  • Court restricted the ECP from holding by-elections.
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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) suspended the Election Commission of Pakistan’s notification that de-notified 43 MNAs of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Justice Shahid Karim heard the case and restricted the ECP from holding by-elections in the 43 constituencies until further orders.

The court also issued notices to the federal government, NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The LHC issued directives on a petition filed by Riaz Fatyana, Nasarullah Khan, and other PTI leaders challenging the acceptance of their resignations as MNAs by Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

In the petition, the PTI leaders accused the NA speaker of accepting resignations to ‘politically victimize’ the opponents. They pleaded with the court to nullify the decision of speaker Raja Pervaiz Asharaf and the order of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

PTI’s lawyer, Barrister Ali Zafar, argued that after withdrawing the resignations, the Speaker has no authority to accept the resignations. Accepting the resignation of the members of the assembly is against the law and based on malice. He said resignations of members of the National Assembly will be accepted contrary to the rules laid down by the Supreme Court.

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The petitioner’s lawyer said that Speaker National Assembly accepted the resignations to take political revenge. Before accepting the resignation, the Speaker did not call the members and ask for their position.

In the petition, it was requested that the court nullify the move of accepting the resignation of the Speaker of the National Assembly. The court declared the notification of the Speaker and the Election Commission null and void.

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It should be noted that after accepting the resignations from the National Assembly, the Election Commission de-notified 43 members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf National Assembly.

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