IHC spurns PTI’s plea to block Gilani’s victory notification

Also rejects petition seeking Ali Haider Gilani’s disqualification

By: News Desk
Published: 11:17 AM, 10 Mar, 2021
IHC spurns PTI’s plea to block Gilani’s victory notification
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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday rejected the petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), in which it had prayed to the court to stop the issuance of notification of the victory of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani in Senate elections from Islamabad, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The petition had been filed by PTI MNA Ali Nawaz Awan.

“Your case is pending in the Election Commission of Pakistan and you need to use the concerned forum first,” Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah told Ali Nawaz Awan.

The IHC chief justice added “You are a capable public representative and we don’t expect you to bring such petitions here. IHC is not the exact platform to bring such political matters unnecessarily,” Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked while dismissing the plea.

Similarly, Chief Justice IHC Justice Athar Minallah also rejected the petition, seeking disqualification of Ali Haider Gilani, son of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, as an MPA. 

Gilani, PDM candidate for Senate elections from the federal capital and also a senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader had defeated PTI’s Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the recently held elections for upper House of parliament. 

But the video that surfaced in which his son Ali Haider Gilani was shown telling PTI members how to waste their votes in the Senate elections put a question mark over his victory, and provided an opportunity to the ruling party to initially approach the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) with the request to stop notification of his victory

And when the ECP, on Tuesday, threw out the petition, the party turned to Islamabad High Court, but here, too, its petition was not accepted.

Umar Farooq reported this news.