SHC extends stay order restraining tribunal proceedings against CM

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday extended its stay order, restraining Karachi Election Tribunal from conducting proceedings on election petitions against Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar had given this interim order while hearing petitions filed by Chief Minister Sindh who assailed the order of election tribunal regarding maintainability of election petitions against him.

The petitioner through advocate Farooq H Naik and Shazia Hanjrah submitted that PML-N leader Syed Ghous Ali Shah, who lost both provincial seats in his home town Khairpur, (PS-29) challenged the election results to both constituencies before election tribunal and sought verification of thumbprints of voters on all ballots.

He said that Chief Minister 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.

He 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 tribunal’s order.

During hearing on Tuesday, the counsel representing that PML-N leader Syed Ghous Ali Shah filed comments in response to petition and supplied copy comments to counsel of petitioner to enable him for filing reply in response to the comments.

Hearing of case was adjourned till April 24.

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