Court reinstates PTI lawmaker

Published September 10, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reinstated Abdul Shakoor Shad of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) as member National Assembly and set aside the de-notification order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Shad has challenged acceptance of his resignation from the National Assembly and de-notification from the ECP.

The petitioner contended that neither he sent his resignation to the speaker nor mentioned his name and date on it.

He said the resignations of 123 PTI MNAs were written by the computer operator of the party head office. However, the members signed the document to maintain the party discipline.

The acceptance of his resignation was a violation of court orders, claimed the petitioner and requested the court to suspend the notification of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) declaring his seat as vacant.

Earlier this week, IHC had dismissed the petition filed by PTI seeking direction to speaker NA and ECP for de-notifying 123 MNAs en-masse

It was the case of the petitioner Party that during the proceedings relating to the vote of no confidence against the leader of the house, it was decided in a meeting of the PTI Parliamentary Party held on April 11, 2022, chaired by its Chairman Imran Khan that elected representatives of the party in the National Assembly shall tender their resignations.

Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2022

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