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PTI's plea against victory of Yousuf Raza Gillani in Senate polls rejected

PTI's plea against victory of Yousuf Raza Gillani in Senate polls rejected
March 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday has dismissed the PTI plea against the victory of PPP leader Yousf Raza Gillani in the Senate polls.

During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah directed PTI’s member of National Assembly (NA) Ali Nawaz to use the platform of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as this case is already under-hearing there. "It’s not appropriate to unnecessarily drag the judiciary in political matters," he remarked.

Subsequently, the court has rejected the PTI plea.

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday rejected the plea seeking a immediate stay on the victory notification of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani as a Senator.

During the hearing on the matter of former premier’s son Ali Haider Gillani’s video scandal, PTI lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar, Parliamentary Leader for Railways Farrukh Habib and member of National Assembly (MNA) Kanwal Shauzab appeared before the commission and recorded their arguments.

Barrister Ali Zafar claimed that rigging was carried out during the Senate polls through money and party tickets. Evidence of rigging was found a day before the elections, he told.

The member of ECP in Punjab said that PTI lawyer has already provided the transcript of the leaked video. Punjab member asked about making those who were offered money as party in the case over which, Barrister Ali Zafar said that they cannot be made party but the court can call them as witnesses.

The one who takes a bribe and the one who gives it, both are accused, Punjab member said.

The ECP while directing the PTI leaders to club all the pleas a petition and submit it again with the electoral body. Those who took the money and those who gave must be made respondents in the petition, the ECP directed.