IHC reserves verdict in Elections Act 2017 case
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday reserved judgement in case related to amendments in Election Act 2017.
The IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard the case pertaining to changes in the oath regarding Khatm-e-Nabuwwat. The wording of the oath was changed, and then corrected, when the law was passed last year.
During the proceedings, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that the court did not send any notice to any speaker of the assembly and will not cross its constitutional limits.
He further remarked that the court summoned details of Senate proceedings which were already available on the website of the Senate.
The court will announce judgement on March 9.
Earlier on Monday, the court directed Additional Attorney General to submit proceedings of three Senate meeting held during the amendment in the Elections Act 2017 last year.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed to furnish the record in a sealed envelope while hearing the case in connection with changes in the oath that lawmakers take regarding Khatm-e-Nabuwwat by workers of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR).
On November 6, 2017 workers of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) and activists of other religious groups camped at the Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad against the hastily-abandoned change in the oath of elected representatives, virtually paralyzing the twin cities for more than two weeks.
Police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel had launched an operation against the protesters after the high court had ordered the clearance of the bridge that connects the federal capital with Rawalpindi.