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Election Act 2017

IHC adjourns MML’s petition against Election Act 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned a petition filed by the Milli Muslim League (MML) challenging certain provisions of the Election Act 2017, ARY News reported. A single bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq directed the petitioner’s counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi to submit a copy of the Supreme Court order and citations from the relevant laws in support of his arguments on the next hearing. Abbasi contended before the judge that the National Assembly passed the Election Act 2017, bringing…

Federal cabinet approves amendment in Election Act 2017

ISLAMABAD: The cabinet meeting of caretaker federal government approved an amendment in the Election Act 2017 limiting the number of judges in the election tribunal by two. Interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk chaired the meeting which discussed the issues pertaining to the transparency in elections, and approved an amendment to constitute election tribunals to deal with the matters regarding rigging. The cabinet approved amendment in the sub-clause 3 of Clause 6 of the election act. The judges comprising the tribunal will…

‘Nawaz Sharif you have won’

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday started a social media campaign after a Supreme Court verdict declared her father is ineligible to head the political party, ARY News reported. The daughter of former prime minister and his rumoured "heir-apparent" started the campaign by changing her profile picture and replacing it with a picture of Nawaz Sharif with 'Main Bhee Nawaz Hoon' (I too am Nawaz) written in the background. The series of three tweets, seen as her first reaction to…

Petition challenging 13 Sections of Election Act 2017 filed in SC

ISLAMABAD: A petition challenging the controversial Sections of the Election Act 2017 was filed in the Supreme Court on Friday. Advocate Azhar Siddiqui petitioned the apex court, requesting it to annul 13 Sections of the Act, which he argued undermined the Constitution’s spirit. He contended that lawmakers through the Act have encroached upon the autonomy of the top electoral body as it cannot even issue a mere notification independently. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was made subordinate to ministries…

IHC restores law that seeks to regulate mushrooming of political parties

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday allowed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to enforce its notification under clause 202 (5) of the Election Act 2017. All political parties were issued notices by the ECP under clause 202 (5) of the new election law, asking the all political parties that want to take part in the general elections scheduled next year to provide a list of at least 2,000 members along with their signatures or thumb impression as well the copies of the National Identity Cards.…

Sharif put on notice on petition against his election as PML-N president

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday once again put ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on notice on a petition challenging his election as the president of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) after his life-time disqualification in the Panama Papers case. A single bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq was hearing the petition filed by advocate Makhdoom Niaz Inqalabi who requested it to strike down the controversial clause of the Election Act 2017 that allowed Sharif to head his party. The court directed…

CJP rejects objections on petitions challenging Sharif-specific clause in poll law

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP)Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday set aside objections of the Supreme Court’s registrar office on a number of petitions challenging a clause of the Election Act 2017, which paved the way for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head a party. The registrar office had rejected the constitutional petitions, observing that the petitioners didn’t approach an appropriate forum to have their grievance redressed and didn’t also provide justification for doing so. Subsequently, the…

IHC suspends amendments in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause of Election Act 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday suspended all amendments in sections of the Election Act 2017 pertaining to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath till further orders. A single bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was hearing a petition challenging the controversial amendments in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause. Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat supporter Allah Wasaya filed the petition against a controversial amendment to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath in the law. The petitioner requested the court to order the restoration of…

SC returns Imran’s petition challenging Election Reforms Act 2017

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…

One more petition filed against Nawaz Sharif’s election as PML-N chief

LAHORE: One more petition against the controversial Election Act 2017 and re-election of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the PML-N president was filed in Lahore High Court on Saturday. This time, Supreme Court Bar Association's (SCBA) general secretary filed the petition, requesting the high court to strike down the Act which paved way for Sharif to head his party even after his life-time disqualification in the Panama Papers scandal. The petition states Sharif cant not head the party after the July 28…