KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday extended further its interim order restraining Karachi Election Tribunal from conducting proceedings on election petitions against Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and PPP MNA Nawab Ali Wassan.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar had given this interim order while hearing petitions filed by Chief Minister Sindh and PPP lawmaker Nawab Ali Wassan, who assailed the order of election tribunal regarding maintainability of election petitions against them.
The bench combined the both petitions with other similar cases for joint hearing and adjourned the hearing till April 29.
The petitioners represented by Shazia Hanjrah submitted that PML-N leader Syed Ghous Ali Shah, who lost both provincial and national assembly seats in his home town Khairpur, (PS-29 and NA-215) challenged the election results to both constituencies before election tribunal and sought verification of thumbprints of voters on all ballots.
They said that Chief Minister and PPP MNA filed applications before the tribunal under section 63 of representatives of Representation of Peoples Act 1976 challenging the maintainability of the elections petitions against their victory, but their pleas were dismissed by the tribunal on 06th December 2013.
They argued that election tribunal erred in dismissing the applications and impugned order is based on surmises and contrary to law and decisions of the Superior Judiciary. Hence, they requested the court to set aside the tribunals order.
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