23 February 2024

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SC allows PTI’s Tahir Sadiq, Umer Aslam to contest election

SC allows PTI’s Tahir Sadiq, Umer Aslam to contest election

SC allows PTI’s Tahir Sadiq, Umer Aslam to contest election

ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday allowed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Tahir Sadiq and Umer Aslam to contest the elections.

A three-member SC bench, headed by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, heard the petition of PTI leader Tahir Sadiq.

Tahir Sadiq submitted his nomination papers from NA-49 Attock. He had approached the apex court against the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

The LHC had rejected the nomination papers of Tahir Sadiq.

The Supreme Court declared that no one could be prevented from contesting elections on the basis of absconding.

“Contesting an election is a fundamental right. Tell us where it is written that a fugitive cannot contest an election. The decision about elections will be taken by the people,” the court said.

On Thursday, the SC allowed independent candidate Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel to contest the election from Bhakkar (NA-91).

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, heard the appeal against the rejection of the nomination papers of Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel from Bhakkar.

During the hearing, CJP Qazi Faez Isa inquired why the nomination papers were rejected.

The petitioner’s lawyer told the Supreme Court that the Election Tribunal had accepted the documents, but the High Court rejected them.

“The High Court did not issue a notice, nor did it hear the arguments. A unilateral decision was made,” he added.

Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar inquired, “Sana Ullah Masti Khel is a proclaimed offender. Why does he not appear before the court?”

The petitioner’s lawyer said that Sana Ullah Masti Khel had surrendered and was on bail. “Sana Ullah Masti Khel is accused of violating Section 144,” he added.

The court inquired from the counsel of the opposite party whether it was correct that the High Court decided without issuing a notice.

In response, the lawyer said: “Yes, it is true that the High Court had not issued a notice.”

The IHC chief justice inquired from the election commission officials about the printing of ballot papers. “Have the ballot papers been printed?”

The election commission officials told the court that the ballot papers were ready for printing.

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