More PML-QA losers move SC for Senate polls relief
ISLAMABAD: After the precedent by the Supreme Court when interim relief was given to two losing candidates of the October 10 general election for contesting the Senate elections, many other aspirants to the Senate have now approached the Supreme Court seeking the same relief.
The Election Commission has already extended the date for nomination papers for the Senate seats to January 22. Till Wednesday four leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) have filed their separate petitions seeking interim relief from the court for filing their nomination papers for the Senate.
Those who filed their petitions include leader of Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan, leaders of PML (QA) Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor, Rana Tanweer and Malik Aslam.
The Registrar of the Supreme Court has issued numbers to the petitions and these are expected to be heard by the same bench which granted interim relief to Javed Jabbar of Millat Party and Ayub Khan Khattak of the PML (QA). Three judges of the larger bench Chief Justice Shaikh Riaz Ahmed, Justice Munir A Shaikh and Justice Nazim Hussain Siddiqui are presently in London to attend a judicial conference. They are expected to come back on January 20 and it is likely that final judgment in the case will be passed on January 21 since January 22 was the final date for nomination papers.