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Court rejects PTI plea challenging ECP’s jurisdiction to scrutinize party funds details

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) suffered a setback on Monday after Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed its plea to bar the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from probing the source of party foreign funding. A single bench, comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, announced the reserved verdict on the petition filed by PTI chairman Imran Khan through his counsel. The PTI chief through his counsel had moved the petition to seek the court’s injunction against the ECP. The petition stipulated that the top…

IHC reserves verdict on plea for registration of MML

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reserved its verdict on a petition of Milli Muslim League (MML) challenging an order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that declined its registration as a political party. A single bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq reserved the verdict after hearing arguments of Advocate Rizwan Abbasi, the MML’s lawyer and the state counsel. Citing ECP and secretary Ministry of Interior as respondents, the petitioner submitted that non-registration of MML was violation…

IHC stays proclamation proceedings against Ishaq Dar

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday restrained an accountability court from proceeding against former finance minister Ishaq Dar till further orders. This restraining order came on a petition filed by Dar challenging the accountability court's order that declared him a proclaimed offender over his perpetual absence from the trial proceedings in the assets reference. A division bench, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb also barred the trial court from taking any…

Sharif given last chance to justify his re-election as PML-N chief

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday gave ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif a last chance to respond to a petition challenging his re-election as the PML-N president after his lifetime disqualification in the Panama Papers case.  A single bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq warned the former premier to submit his comments on the petition or else it would give ex-parte decision in the case. It also issued notices to the secretary establishment division, chief election commissioner and secretary…

IHC reserves decision on NAB plea seeking dismissal of Safdar’s bail

ISLAMABAD: A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on a plea filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging the accountability court’s orders of granting bail to MNA Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar in a graft reference. A division bench of the apex court comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the plea. During the court proceedings, NAB prosecutor presented his arguments against the accountability court’s orders granting bail to…

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…

IHC questions legality of govt agreement with Islamabad protesters

ISLAMABAD: Questioning the validity of the government’s agreement, which brought an end to nearly three-week long protest by a religious group at the capital’s Faizabad Interchange, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday asked Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf to explain whether the agreement was legally valid. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC was hearing a case pertaining to the blockade of Islamabad’s main artery by protesters of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA). The court asked the attorney general to…

Verdict on Sharif’s plea for merging three references into one to be announced on Dec 4

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will pronounce its verdict on a plea of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking the merger of all the references filed against him into one on December 04. Sharif had approached the high court, challenging the accountability court’s Nov 8 verdict that rejected his request to merge the references against him into one to conduct a joint trial. A bench, comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Naqvi, reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the Sharif’s…

IHC summons Captain Safdar on Dec 14 after NAB challenges his bail

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday summoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law, Capt (retd) Safdar in a case pertaining to granting him bail by an accountability court in a graft reference. A two-judge IHC bench heard the plea of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking dismissal of the bail granted to Safdar. At the outset of court proceedings today, the NAB deputy prosecutor general informed the bench that the accountability court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Safdar, after…