ECP reply sought.
The Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to submit replies on a petition seeking directives to stay by-polls on Senate's seat fell vacant with the disqualification of PML-N's senator Nihal Hashmi.
Justice Shahid Karim was hearing the petition moved by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's candidate Dr Zarqa Suharwardi Taimur.
Petitioner's counsel pleaded that the ECP declared her opponent Dr Asad Ashraf of PML-N as independent candidate after the Supreme Court gave verdict against Nawaz Sharif restraining him from heading the party and also setting aside his all previous decisions.
The counsel argued that the ECP wrongly declared the candidate of PML-N as independent instead of declaring him disqualified to contest the election. He said the ECP lacks jurisdiction to declare the contesting candidate as independent who was earlier nominated by a disqualified party's head.
He asked the court to set aside the decision of the ECP and also stay the upcoming by-election till outcome of the instant petition. The judge sought reply from the ECP within a week.
Supreme Court had convicted Hashmi for contempt of court and sent him to jail for one-month imprisonment. The conviction also led to his disqualification and the election commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced a by-election on the vacant seat to be held on March 1.