Tribunal allows resumption of proceedings against politicians

KARACHI: Election Tribunal resuming the proceedings on election petitions against Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s MPA and other political leaders as the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday ruled interim injunctions staying proceedings on election petitions pertaining to rigging shall cease to have effect on June 23. Three-judge bench headed by Justice Munib Akhtar observed SHC had earlier held it has no jurisdiction to hear the constitutional petitions against interlocutory orders passed by election tribunals, therefore, interim orders would have to be recalled and vacated immediately. The larger bench of SHC was seized with the hearing of identical petitions challenging orders of election tribunals. The bench noted that there are related bunch of petitions involving same question whether an interlocutory order made by election tribunal can be challenged in writ petition before SHC. This question had earlier come before this larger bench and it had held that such petitions were not maintainable and dismissed, it added. The bench while clubbing together the petitions for joint hearing ruled interim orders staying proceedings shall continue till June 20. If by or before that any orders or directions are made by Supreme Court, then the matter shall be dealt accordingly, otherwise, interim orders shall cease to have effect on June 23. Chief Minister Sindh and PPP lawmaker Nawab Ali Wassan had filed a petition assailing the order of election tribunal regarding maintainability of election petitions against them.

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