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Dr Alvi’s counsel given last chance to file reply

Updated May 22, 2019

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Petition challenges Alvi's candidature for presidency. — DawnNewsTV/File
Petition challenges Alvi's candidature for presidency. — DawnNewsTV/File

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday allowed more time, as a last chance, to the counsel for filing a reply on behalf of Dr Arif Alvi on a petition challenging his candidature for the presidency.

Azmat Rehan had filed a petition in August 2018 before the presidential election and impleaded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and others as respondents.

When a two-judge SHC bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, took up the matter on Tuesday, Advocate Munawar Hussain requested for time to file a reply of Mr Alvi.

“As a last chance, two weeks time is granted and no further adjournment will be granted,” the bench ordered and adjourned hearing till June 12.

The petitioner, who had lost a decades-long civil case regarding the ownership of a salt firm to Alvia Tabligh Trust, contended that Dr Alvi, a co-plaintiff in the suit, was not qualified to be elected as president of Pakistan since he had allegedly filed fake and forged documents in the 1977 civil case.

Published in Dawn, May 22nd, 2019