The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday will hear Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rasheed’s petition challenging an earlier decision by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to postpone polls in NA-60, Express News reported.
The hearing will be presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar at the Lahore Registry of the apex court.
Rasheed’s counsel, Sardar Abdur Razzaq, filed a petition which maintained that the LHC did not consider the law in its earlier ruling.
“For the first time, elections in a constituency have been postponed for a convict being sentenced to life imprisonment, ” the petition stated.
The elections in a constituency can only be postponed in the event of a candidate’s death, Rasheed argued in his filed petition.
The petition called for annulling the ECP’s notification, and issuance of an order to hold elections as per schedule in NA-60 on July 25.
Prior to this, an Anti-Drug Court had awarded life imprisonment to PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi in the Ephedrine case on July 21.
Following the verdict, the ECP postponed the polling in NA-60 Rawalpindi.
LHC had dismissed Rasheed’s petition on Monday and maintained its decision to postpone the elections in the constituency.
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Abbasi was convicted on a charge of misusing 500 kilogrammes of the controlled chemical ephedrine