Former NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri de-notified by ECP

ISLAMABAD: In light of a decision by an election tribunal, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) de-notified former deputy speaker Qasim Suri on Wednesday.

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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 ECP to hold re-election there.

A day earlier, Suri has challenged his disqualification from the National Assembly seat in Supreme Court.

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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