CJP dismisses Shaikh Rasheed’s petition against NA-60 poll postponement

The Supreme Court has dismissed Awami National Party (ANP) President Shaikh Rasheed petition against polls in NA-60 postponement on Tuesday.

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The hearing was presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar at the Lahore Registry of the apex court.

Rasheed had challenged the Lahore High Court verdict(LHC) which maintained the decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) deferring elections in NA-60 to give level playing field to every party, after the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Hanif Abbasi in ephedrine quota case last week.

Earlier, Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday had rejected Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rasheed’s plea challenging the postponement of polling in NA-60, Newsone reported.

following the dismissal of the petition by LHC, he had demanded Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar to take notice of the postponement of election in NA-60.

He claimed that according to the Election Act 2017, polling cannot be postponed unless a candidate dies, labeling the move a conspiracy.

Other than NA-60, Rasheed is contesting the July 25 general election from Rawalpindi’s NA-62 constituency as well.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, being Rasheed’s ally, has not fielded candidates in any of Rasheed’s constituencies.

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