Supreme Court allows Pervaiz Elahi to contest election
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday allowed former Punjab chief minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi to contest the election from PP-32, Gujrat.
The court directed to print the name and election symbol of the PTI leader on the ballot papers. Pervaiz Elahi withdrew from all other constituencies.
A three-member SC bench, headed by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, heard the appeal against the rejection of the nomination papers of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.
Pervaiz Elahi’s lawyer Faisal Siddiqui told the court, “We have not received the full order of the returning officer yet.”
He added, “An objection was raised to the nomination papers that separate accounts were not opened for election expenses in each constituency. Pervaiz Elahi is contesting the election from five constituencies.”
Justice Athar Minallah inquired, “Where is it written in the law that five separate accounts should be opened for five constituencies?”
Lawyer Faisal Siddiqui replied, “If there is excessive expenditure in the election campaign, the accounts are looked at after the election is held. On the day of receiving the nomination papers, the police were surrounding us.”
At this, Justice Jamal Mandokhail said to the lawyer, “Leave these things, and talk about the law.”
The lawyer told the court, “An objection was raised that I concealed the ownership of a 10-marla plot in Punjab. The objection was that the 10-marla plot was purchased on November 20, 2023. [But] my client had never purchased such a plot. He was in jail at that time. Our second argument is that the next deadline to declare assets is June 30, 2024.”
Justice Athar Minallah said, “We have to interpret the Election Act in such a way that people are not deprived of their rights.”
Justice Jamal Mandokhail said that the purpose of asking for the details of the properties was to know how many assets the candidate had before winning the election and how much after the election. “If you are denying the ownership of the plot, it is fine.”
After hearing the arguments of the parties, the Supreme Court allowed Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi to contest the election from PP-32, Gujarat.