SC restores Qasim Suri’s National Assembly membership

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday suspended the order of an election tribunal of Balochistan High Court that had de-seated National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.

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Suri has challenged his disqualification from the National Assembly seat in Supreme Court.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, and comprised of Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, heard the case.

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.

When the SC took up the matter today, Bukhari argued that Suri bagged 25973 votes while his rival, Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, could only get 20089 votes.

After hearing the arguments of both sides, the court suspended the order and restored Suri’s NA membership till the matter is decided by the court.

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.

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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