IHC bars ECP from hearing Faryal Talpur’s disqualification case
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday barred the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from hearing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Faryal Talpur’s disqualification case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Granting stay in the case, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah sought replies from the ECP and other respondents.
Farooq Naek, counsel for Faryal, argued before the court that the election commission did not give proper hearing to him.
He regretted that the ECP reopened the case against his client without listening to her point of view, only on the application of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MPAs Arsalan Taj and Rabia Afzal.
Naek further said that the election commission had earlier closed the case when the MPAs did not pursue the case. “But later, on February 8, all of a sudden the ECP again opened the case when both the MPAs again submitted an application,” he explained.
Faryal Talpur’s counsel prayed to the IHC to bar the ECP from hearing the disqualification case.
Later, Justice Minallah adjourned hearing in the case till May 28.
Reporter Ihtisham Kiani