Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza has challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to reject the party’s plea seeking allotment of reserved seats in the Lahore High Court.

On behalf of Raza, Advocate Ishtiaq A Khan filed the plea, which listed the electoral watchdog as the main respondent.

The petition pointed out that the ECP was neither a tribunal nor a court, adding that the SIC should be allotted the reserved seats based on their representation in the National Assembly.

The plea stated that it did not matter if the SIC contested the elections or not, adding that the ECP’s decision was equivalent to amending the Constitution and beyond the institutions’ authority.

It concluded that the court had already declared Section 104 of the Election Act, Rule 94 as unconstitutional.

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