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    CJP dismisses Sheikh Rasheed's plea against NA-60 poll delay
    July 24, 2018
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    By GEO NEWS
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    Pakistan

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    AML chief Sheikh Rasheed. Photo: File
    LAHORE: The Supreme Court dismissed on Tuesday Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed's petition against the NA-60 poll delay.

    The top court, earlier today, had fixed for hearing in its Lahore registry the AML chief's petition.

    Rasheed had challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision to postpone theelection in Rawalpindi's NA-60 constituency after arrest and disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) Hanif Abbasi, Rasheed’s main contender for the seat, in the ephedrine quota case last week.

    Talking to the media outside the apex court in Islamabad, Rasheed had said he had pleaded the court to fix his hearing in Islamabad but it will be heard in Lahore.

    Expressing disappointment, Rasheed contended he will now travel to Lahore to attend the hearing and asked party supporters and staff to continue with their preparations.

    A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar heard Rasheed's plea after 3pm today but dismissed his arguments and ordered for polling to be held at NA-60 after tomorrow's general election as decided by the ECP.

    The court also ruled that it is accepting the petition for hearing to look into the crucial legal points mentioned in it.

    The court issued notices to the ECP and federal government before adjourning the hearing.

    LHC dismisses Rasheed's petition
    On Monday, the Lahore High Court's (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench had rejected Rasheed's petition.

    In his response to the verdict, Rasheed said that they were prepared for the election and would approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the LHC verdict on Tuesday (today).

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    In his petition in the LHC, Rasheed contended that election cannot be postponed due to the sentencing of a candidate as the law only allows it if a candidate dies.

    Rasheed stated in the petition that elections in the constituencies of PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were not postponed when they were jailed in the Avenfield properties reference earlier this month.

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    PPP's petition in IHC

    Separately, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed on Tuesday the petition of Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) candidate in NA-60, Mukhtar Abbas seeking theholding of polls.

    Taking up Abbas's plea on Monday, Justice Aamer Farooq had issued anotice to the ECP seeking a reply by today.

    During today's proceedings, the court perused ECP's reply after which it dismissed the PPP candidate's petition.

    Moreover, independent candidate Syed Rashied Hussain Shah had also approached the IHC today and opposed the PPP's plea.

    Rasheed vs Abbasi
    Other than NA-60, Rasheed is contesting the July 25 general election from Rawalpindi's NA-62 constituency as well.

    The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, being Rasheed's ally, has not fielded candidates in any of Rasheed's constituencies.

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    A special anti-narcotics court sentenced Abbasi to life in the ephedrine quota case late Saturday, just four days before the general election in the country. The PML-N leader was taken into custody from the courtroom soon after the judge announced the verdict.

    'ECP bound to provide level-playing field'
    Following the verdict, the ECP issued a statement on Sunday: "Only two days are left to the conduct of polls when Mr Hanif Abbasi, a potential candidate from NA-60 Rawalpindi-IV, has been disqualified, which has resulted in heated debate in the media and political circles rendering the atmosphere as fully and negatively charged.”

    “The ECP having taken cognisance of all the attending circumstances is bound to provide level playing field to the contestants, under the Constitution and the law, particularly Section 4 of the Elections Act 2017 read with Article 218(3) of the Constitution and the powers of the Commission defined by the august Supreme Court of Pakistan in famous Workers Party case, and further in order to do complete justice between the contestants and the parties, the ECP directs that the general elections 2018 in NA-60 Rawalpindi IV is postponed.,” it stated further
     
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    So what about the candidates of PTI that were dismissed by ECP? Elections were not postponed than? where was the level playing field than? Sub harami milla hua hain.
     
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    It was the duty of the ECP not to accept the nomination papers of Afriden Abbasi at first place, knowing fully well that his case is pending in court of law. And if the PML-N didn't have the backup candidate, its their headache, not ECP. Other candidates running for the constituency got nothing to do with Afriden Abbasi going to jail and they should not bear the consequences of it.
     
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    good decision.one seat cannot stop ik from becoming p.m.sheikh Rasheed is irrelevant lota which has no agenda to serve public but wants only to be part of every govt.the reason behind this decision is that hanif abasi was convicted three days before elections but maryam was convicted 3 weeks before election so pmln has nott enough time to nominate new candidate and election will become one sided
     
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