NA-60 poll’s delay: LHC rejects Sheikh Rashid’s petition

NA-60 poll’s delay: LHC rejects Sheikh Rashid’s petition

Rawalpindi (Staff Report): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid’s plea challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone polling in the NA-60 constituency.

Rashid filed a petition at LHC’s Rawalpindi Bench, challenging the ECP's decision. He said the election can only be postponed by a returning officer (RO) if one of the candidates passes away. His petition stated that the ECP had no right to postpone the election for any other reason.

Rasheed has mentioned 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.

Earlier the day, Rashid, after spending at least five hours at LHC's Rawalpindi branch, reached the SC with his application, where he said that the LHC registrar had not marked his case for hearing despite him waiting for five hours.

Soon after Rashid approached the SC, his case was set for hearing to the LHC, which has now reserved its judgement on the matter after hearing his arguments.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had postponed the election in NA-60 after Rashid's main rival — PML-N's Hanif Abbasi — was disqualified after being sentenced for life in the so-called 'ephedrine case' last week.