ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed for hearing Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed’s petition against the NA-60 poll delay in its Lahore registry.
Rasheed had challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone the election in Rawalpindi’s NA-60 constituency after arrest and disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Hanif Abbasi, Rasheed’s main contender for the seat, in the ephedrine quota case last week.
Talking to the media outside the apex court today, Rasheed said he had pleaded the court to fix his hearing in Islamabad but it will be heard in Lahore.
Expressing disappointment, Rasheed contended he will now travel to Lahore to attend the hearing and asked party supporters and staff to continue with their preparations.
LHC dismisses Rasheed’s petition
On Monday, the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench had rejected Rasheed’s petition.
In his response to the verdict, Rasheed said that they were prepared for the election and would approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the LHC verdict on Tuesday (today).
In his petition in the LHC, Rasheed contended that election cannot be postponed due to the sentencing of a candidate.
Rasheed stated in the petition that elections in the constituencies of PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were not postponed when they were jailed in the Avenfield properties reference earlier this month.
Back and forth
The AML chief spent all Monday morning waiting at the LHC and then shuttled between the twin cities in an attempt to ensure his plea is taken up the same day.
After waiting helplessly at the high court, the AML chief approached the Supreme Court where he submitted his petition.
Talking to the media, Rasheed said he waited for five hours at the LHC but the registrar failed to fix his petition for hearing.
He expressed hope that the Supreme Court will hear his petition. However, Rasheed later returned to the LHC after being informed that his petition is being heard.