SC rejects Sheikh Rashid's plea against poll delay in NA-60

SC rejects Sheikh Rashid's plea against poll delay in NA-60

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Tuesday rejected Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad's plea against the LHC’s verdict on election delay in NA-60.

The SC had fixed the hearing of Sheikh Rashid's petition against the NA-60 poll delay in its Lahore registry.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar heard the AML chef’s petition.

On Monday, The Lahore High Court (LHC) 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.

Rashid 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 reserved its judgment 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.