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IHC reserves verdict on petition seeking Gulalai’s disqualification

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reserved its verdict on maintainability of a petition seeking disqualification of estranged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Ayesha Gulalai from the National Assembly seat, ARY News reported.

Justice Umar Farooq of IHC is likely to pronounce the verdict with regard to the maintainability of the petition today.

Petitioner Kulsoom Khaliq submitted that the woman lawmaker leveled baseless allegations against PTI chief Imran Khan and failed to provide any evidence to substantiate them. Leveling false allegations was a sufficient ground to disqualify her, she argued while requesting the bench to allow her petition calling for the disqualification of Gulalai.

Earlier this week, the estranged PTI lawmaker appeared before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), submitting her comments on a reference seeking her disqualification.

Speaking to media after her appearance, Gulalai slammed PTI chief Imran Khan and said that his attitude towards party women was inappropriate and questionable. When she raised her voice in this regard, he got registered fake cases against her, she added. Gulalai reiterated that she had not violated discipline of the party.

Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq had sent the reference to the ECP to decide it within 30 days in accordance with the law.

PTI chief Imran Khan had requested the speaker to disqualify her for violating the party discipline by not participating in voting for PTI’s nominated candidate Sheikh Rasheed in the election for the prime minister’s office.

Gulalai shot to prominence after she announced to left the party in spectacular fashion and accused the PTI chief of misogyny and sending her indecent text messages. She also alleged that women were not respected in the PTI and she had quit over differences with the party leadership. All charges have been dismissed by the party.



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