LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition of Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rashid and upheld Lahore High Court and ECP’s decision to postpone polls for NA-60 (Rawalpindi-IV).
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the Rashid’s petition in SC Lahore registry.
Following the rejection of plea from Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench, the AML chief had filed the petition against the verdict in Supreme Court.
Rashid was of the view that preparations for NA-60 polls are completed, however, surprisingly the elections were deferred on July 22 by the ECP following the life term imprisonment of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Hanif Abbasi in the ephedrine case.
No acceptable explanation was given in this regard, added the plea.
Rashid went on to say that elections can only be suspended in case of the candidate’s death, therefore, decision to defer NA-60 poll is a violation of election act and constitutional articles.
The AML chief had requested the court to annul ECP’S notification and LHC Rawalpindi bench’s verdict in the case.— NNI