Elections 2018 Update: Lahore Court Allows Ex-PM Abbasi To Contest; MQM’s Sattar Says Won’t Contest

JUN 29, 2018: : The Lahore High Court on Friday allowed former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to contest the upcoming elections from NA-57 in Murree — his hometown. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, suspended the appellate tribunal’s judgment and allowed Abbasi’s candidature.
Yesterday, the bench heard Abbasi’s appeal against the election tribunal’s decision of disqualifying the former premier for life for “concealing facts and withholding information”. Abbasi’s appeal, against the verdict asserted that the appellate tribunal’s jurisdiction only extended to approving or rejecting returning officer’s stance. “It cannot disqualify a candidate for life,” the petition stressed.

MQM’s Sattar says he won’t contest elections
Dr Farooq Sattar, a senior leader and former convenor of of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), on Thursday said he had conveyed to the party’s Bahadurabad group that he did not want to contest in the July 25 election but wanted to lead the [party’s] election campaign. “I have conveyed my desire of not contesting election this time around and requested the party leadership to allow me to get my nomination papers withdrawn,” said the veteran politician, who was the youngest mayor of Karachi and has won in all seven general elections since 1988, while addressing a press conference at his party office. He said he had expressed his full support to the party’s Bahadurabad group and would agree to whatever was decided by the party’s Rabita Committee and its convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. The MQM-P’s two factions — Bahadurabad and PIB — have till recently been at loggerheads over the control of the party. However, on June 11, the Islamabad High Court in its verdict declared Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as convener of the MQM-P.

PPP provincial assembly candidate elected unopposed
Former PPP MNA Mir Shabbir Ahmed Bijarani, son of late provincial minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, was on Friday elected unopposed from the Sindh Assembly constituency of PS-06 in Kashmore. Mir Shabbir was elected unopposed on a PPP ticket after the nomination papers of his opponent, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal’s Pir Abdul Qayoom, were rejected by the returning officer (RO) and an election tribunal in Sukkur as well. Other opponents had withdrawn in Shabbir’s favor. The younger Bijarani is the first PPP candidate who has been elected unopposed on a provincial assembly seat in the country. PS-06 falls in the same area from where Mir Shabbir’s father, veteran politician Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani was elected to the provincial assembly in 2013.

Contempt petition against Ex-PM Abbasi accepted for hearing
A contempt petition against former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was accepted for hearing on Friday. Justice Tariq Mehmood Abbasi of Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench will take up the case on Tuesday. The plea against the PML-N leader has been filed by Malik Riaz Anjum.

Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi summoned in treason case
A three-member bench of Lahore High Court has summoned former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to appear in the court over a petition seeking registration of treason case against them. The bench headed by Justice Mazahir Alil Akbar Naqvi released the written order. The court has directed both the parties to clear their position on the matter. The petition was filed by Advocate Azhar Siddique saying that Nawaz Sharif’s interview falls in the ambit of treason and had caused damage to national integrity, while Shahid Khaqan Abbasi disclosed the proceedings of a very important meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) to Nawaz Sharif. The petitioner prayed the court to take action against the former premiers.

ECP summons Nawaz Sharif on July 9 in party name case
ECP on Friday summoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on July 9 in relation to a petition seeking the removal of his name from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) political party. The notice has been sent to Nawaz’s Jati Umra residence in Lahore. However, at present the prime minister is in London with his family to tend to his ailing wife. The petition has been filed by Awami Tehreek’s Niaz Inquilabi, who has stated that Nawaz was disqualified from Parliament by the Supreme Court and thus a political party cannot be named after a disqualified person. The ECP has been pleaded in the petition to take appropriate action in this regard in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

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