SC allows Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel to contest election
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The Supreme Court (SC) has 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.