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Islamabad High Court rejects plea of PTI to suspend by-elections on nine NA seats

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has turned down a PTI application, seeking immediate suspension of by-elections’ on nine vacant National Assembly seats.

Last week, the PTI filed an application with the IHC, urging the court to suspend the election on nine NA seats.

The ECP had announced the schedule for by-elections on nine NA seats that fell vacant after Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf accepted the resignations of nine PTI MPAs.

Interim IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the case on Wednesday and he asked the ECP officials if there’s any legal ground for suspending the election schedule. The ECP officials told the court that the seats have fallen vacant so they have issued a schedule.

The lawyer representing the PTI said that the party had been asking for by-elections since day-1 and the PTI want by-elections to be held on all 123 seats as all the PTI MNAs have resigned.

The court, however, rejected the PTI’s request to suspend the schedule for by-elections and issued notice to the ECP and adjourned the hearing till August 16.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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