SC suspends notifications declaring Ludhianvi winner

Election tribunal asked to re-evaluate situation within three-months

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the notifications which declared Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) leader Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi as winning candidate from NA-89 Jhang, a private TV channel reported.

The Election Commission of Pakistan had declared Ludhianvi the winner after Pakistan Muslim League–N MNA Sheikh Muhammad Akram was disqualified for allegedly being a loan defaulter. The tribunal had passed the order on a petition filed by Ludhianvi in which he had alleged that the lawmaker was not an eligible candidate as he did not fulfill the condition of being ‘truthful and trustworthy.’

A three-member bench – headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali – suspended both the notifications. The bench said the tribunal had not given enough reasons for the disqualification and its decision did not take into account the ground realities in the constituency and the number of votes each candidate received. The bench issued notices to all respondents and asked the tribunal to re-evaluate the situation and inform the court within three months.

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