Former deputy speaker Qasim Suri petitions SC against his disqualification

ISLAMABAD: Former deputy speaker Qasim Suri has challenged his disqualification from the National Assembly seat in Supreme Court.

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On September 27, an election tribunal had declared Suri’s victory from National Assembly seat NA-265 constituency (Quetta-II) null and void and had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-election there.

The petition was filed by Suri’s lawyer Naeem Bukhari on behalf of his client in the apex court, stating that the decision of the election tribunal to be declared as void.

The irregularities in the electoral process could not be attributed to his client, added the petition.

The election win of Suri had earlier been challenged by Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani who alleged that Suri had won the election by rigging the polls.

Suri had been elected from the area back in 2018 on a ticket of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). He was later elected to hold the position of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

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