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NA-15 Mansehra: Nawaz Sharif's petition in election case rejected

It has been ordered by the ECP to the Returning Officer to compile the final result of the constituency within three days.

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Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday rejected the petition of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif in the election case of NA-15 Mansehra.

The Election Commission had reserved its decision yesterday on the appeal of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding the re-election on NA-15 Mansehra, which has been announced on Wednesday.

The ECP rejected the petition of (N) League leader Nawaz Sharif in the election excuse case and directed him to approach the Election Tribunal.

It has been ordered by the ECP to the Returning Officer to compile the final result of the constituency within three days.

It is pertinent to note that Nawaz Sharif was defeated by an independent candidate supported by Pakistan Tehreke-e-Insaf (PTI) from NA-15 Mansehra in the general elections.

PTI-backed independent candidate Gustasub Khan got 105,249 votes and Nawaz Sharif got 80,382 votes.

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Ishaq Dar claims Nawaz to leave political matters by Feb 29

It should be noted that all the PML-N’s newly appointed members assembly are directed to attend the parliamentary’s session.       

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Islamabad: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar stated that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif will go for his personal matters from February 29.

According to the details, Ishaq Dar talked to media about the session. The PML-N’s parliamentary party session will be held on today (Wednesday) which will be chaired by Nawaz Sharif. 

In this session, important decisions will be made. Ishaq said that PML-N’s president Shehbaz Sharif’s name will be confirmed by the party for the position of prime minister.

Shehbaz Sharif will give dinner to the allied parties in parliament house whereas Nawaz Sharif will not be attending the dinner amid his personal matters, Former finance minister added.

It should be noted that all the PML-N’s newly appointed members assembly are directed to attend the parliamentary’s session.       

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PTI agreed for not getting reserved seats on symbol withdrawal: ECP

The member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that under Article 51(D), independent candidates have to join the party within three days.

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Islamabad: The hearing on the petitions related to allotment of reserved seats to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) is underway in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) during which the Chief Election Commissioner said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer had agreed in the Supreme Court that if their electoral symbol was taken away, they will not be allotted with reserved seats.

According to the details, a five-member commission under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja is hearing the applications related to reserved seats of the SIC.

Founder member of PTI lawyer Hamid Khan, lawyer of SIC Barrister Ali Zafar, PTI lawyer Barrister Gohar Ali, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawyer and former federal law minister Azam Nazir Tarar, Farogh Naseem, Farooq H. Naik and Kamran Murtaza reached the Election Commission.

SIC Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza and PTI Women Wing President Kanwal Shozab are also present in the Election Commission.

Barrister Ali Zafar, the lawyer of the SIC, said that ECP issued an order for the yesterday’s hearing in which it made all the parliamentary parties a party to the case, therefore, it should give all the parties time to prepare.

Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ikramullah Khan asked if he was requesting to adjourn the hearing. On which Ali Zafar said that Mutahidda Qoumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) requested more reserved seats in the Sindh Assembly. The requests of the SIC for the reserved seats were postponed by the ECP and it waiting for the petitions to be filed against SIC.

The Chief Election Commissioner stated that the Election Commission held three meetings to review the request of the SIC, after a long consultation, decided to hear the petition. On which Ali Zafar said that the Commission deliberately delayed the issue of giving seats to SIC. The election symbol of the party was taken away and the members were bound the contest election with different symbols allotted by the ECP.

Sinkandar Sultan Raja added that your lawyer had agreed in the Supreme Court that if the symbol was taken away from the, they will not get the reserved seats.

Barrister Ali Zafar, lawyer of SIC stated that they are facing an unusual situation. The independent candidates supported by PTI were successful in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and the National Assembly. The question is how to allocate reserved seats to them in the National Assembly. 86 independent members joined the SIC. There are nine members in Sindh Assembly, 107 in Punjab, 90 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The first question arises that if SIC is not present in any assembly. Another objections was that independent candidates should not be given reserved seats, that they had to join a party within three days of the notification.

The member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that under Article 51(D), independent candidates have to join the party within three days.

Ali Zafar said that the third objection raised was that SIC did not submit the priority list for reserved seats, I have to answer these three objections.

Member ECP Ikramullah Khan said that the political party will be the only one that participates in the election, how can a party that cannot participate in the election be a political party? On which Ali Zafar replied that PTI is still included in the list of political parties.

Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inquired whether you want to us to delist PTI over two days’ notice. On which the Ali Zafar answered that ECP must delist PTI if it wants to, however it has to adopt the constitutional procedure to delist the party.

Barrister Ali Zafar, the lawyer of the SIC, said that the party has the election symbol allotted by the ECP. Under Article 17(2) it is the Supreme Court's jurisdiction to dissolve the political party. To dissolve a political party, the federation sends the reference to the Supreme Court in which the federal government has to prove that the political party is involved in actions against national security.

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