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SC reinstates PTI MNA, disposes of petition against Shah

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Qaiser Jamal be reinstated as a member of the National Assembly (MNA) from NA-47, and issued notice to the respondent before adjourning the hearing of the case for two weeks. A two-member bench of the court headed by Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani heard the case. Earlier, the election tribunal (ET) of Dera Ismail Khan, headed by Yahya Zahid Gillani, had declared the election of Qaisar void under the Representation of People Act (RoPA) 1976, in a short order after hearing the petition of PTI MNA’s rival candidate Haji Abid Afridi at a camp court in Lahore. According to reports, on May 5, an election tribunal had de-seated PTI MNA Qaisar Jamal and directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-election in his constituency, NA-47, Tribal Area-XII, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The petitioner had challenged Qaisar Jamal’s election as MNA over “the printing of wrong election symbol for a candidate in the ballot paper and corrupt practices”. The Supreme Court also disposed of an election writ petition against opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Thursday. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja heard the case. Application was filed by Khursheed Shah’s rival candidate Inayatullah in NA-199 Sukkar on alleged poll rigging. Shahab Sarki appeared before the court on behalf of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional leader Inayatullah. Senator Raza Rabbani appeared before the court on behalf of Khursheed Shah. Rabbani apprised the court that the petitioner was bound to send a copy of the application, however, he did not. He also told the court the affidavit attached in the application is objectionable. After hearing the arguments from the petitioner the court disposed of an election writ petition against him. 

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