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SC returns Imran’s petition challenging Election Reforms Act 2017

Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court’s Registrar Office on Friday returned a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan by raising objections, ARY News reported.

The PTI chief had petitioned the apex court, requesting it to set aside the controversial Election Reforms Act 2017, which paved way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to become the president of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) despite his disqualification in the Panama Papers case.

The Registrar Office returned the petition, saying that the petitioner did not approach the appropriate forum to avail legal remedy available to him before approaching the top court. He did not also spell out the reason for not approaching it, it added.

Earlier this week, Khan filed the petition through his counsel, assailing the controversial law, a clause of which allows a person ineligible to be member of parliament to head a political party.

The petition states the top court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case and subsequently he had to relinquish his party position in compliance with the election laws.

However, it argues, the ruling party bulldozed through the National Assembly the Election Reforms Act 2017, also known as the Election Act, with an amendment in the election laws to accommodate Sharif as the PML-N chief.

The amendment is in contrast to the spirit of the constitution as a person who is disqualified to be member of parliament cannot hold a position in a political party, the petition further argues.

The PTI chief has submitted in the petition that since the amendment is in contravention of the Political Parties Order 2002 and Article 175 and 204 of the constitution, it should be set aside. He pleaded to the court to declare clause 9, 10 and 203 of the Act as unlawful.

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