IHC suspends de-notification of three more PTI MNAs 

IHC suspends de-notification of three more PTI MNAs 

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday suspended a notification regarding acceptance of resignation of three Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Members of National Assembly (MNAs).

According to details, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq has suspended the de-notification of Asad Umar, Ali Nawaz Awan and Raja Khurram Nawaz.

The court barred the electoral body from holding the by-election in these three constituencies.

In the petition, the PTI members had taken the stand that the ECP had accepted the resignations of some party leaders in the notification issued on January 17, when the resignations of all 123 members should have been accepted and all should have been de-seated.

PTI's counsel Barrister Ali Zafar told the court that his clients wanted to return to the assembly.
He also informed the court about a decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) regarding suspension of de-notification of PTI MNAs’ from Punjab.

Barrister Ali Zafar infromed the court that two other petitions of the PTI lawmakers were also pending in the LHC.

The IHC chief justice suspended their de-notification and issued notices to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and NA Speaker Raja Parvez Ashraf.

PTI's Secretary General Asad Umar and two other lawmakers of the party had filed a petition against the notification on February 27 through their lawyers Barrister Ali Zafar and Barrister Gohar Ali.

On February 21, the LHC suspended the ECP de-notification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Members of National Assembly (MNAs) from Punjab.

LHC’s Justice Shahid Karim heard a petition filed by PTI MNAs including Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pervez Khatak, Asad Umar, and others challenging two notifications – one issued by the National Assembly speaker through which their resignations were accepted and the second of ECP in which they had been de-notified.

The PTI had resigned en masse from the lower house of parliament following the ouster of former premier Imran Khan in April 2022.

Later, NA speaker Ashraf accepted only 11 of the resignations, stating that the remaining lawmakers would be summoned individually for verification.

On January 17, the Speaker accepted the resignations of 34 more PTI MNAs and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid while three days later on January 20, the speaker accepted 35 more resignations.

The lawmakers had approached the high court challenging the acceptance of their resignation and subsequent denotification by the commission after the high court suspended a similar order of the ECP regarding 43 PTI MNAs.

The petitioners had made NA speaker, NA secretary, the ECP and the federation of Pakistan as respondents in the plea.

The petitioners had also urged the court to suspend the notifications from NA Secretariat and the ECP till the final disposal of the plea.

The court issued notices to the ECP as well as the NA speaker. Subsequently, the hearing was adjourned till March 7.

On February 8, the LHC had also suspended the NA speaker’s acceptance of the resignations of 43 PTI lawmakers and put by-elections in 43 constituencies on hold.