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ECP denotifies Imran Khan from six NA seats

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  • Poll authority allows Khan to keep NA-45 constituency.
  • Denotification of 32 PTI MNAs from Punjab suspended.
  • PTI chief won seven seats in October by-polls last year.

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Friday denotified Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan from six National Assembly seats — on which he emerged victorious last year.

The electoral authority, in a notification, stated that the former prime minister — who was ousted from power last year — had been de-notified from his seats in NA 22 Mardan, NA 24 Charsadda, NA 31 Peshawar, NA 108, NA 118 Nankana and NA 239 Karachi.

Earlier, on January 19, a three-member bench of the ECP, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja, announced its verdict to notify the PTI chief of his victory on seven seats in the by-elections held in October last year.

The notification had previously been withheld due to his alleged failure to submit the party’s funding details to the electoral body. However, the January 19 verdict stated that Khan had submitted the required details to the electoral body after which it decided to notify him as the winning candidate on all the seven NA seats.

After his de-notification from the six earlier seats, Khan now holds the Kurram seat, for which he may take oath and join the NA.

Denotification of 32 PTI MNAs from Punjab suspended

In a separate notification, the election commission also suspended its denotification announcement of 32 PTI MNAs. Following the ouster of Khan from the government, PTI lawmakers resigned en masse from the NA.

At first, the resignations of only 11 MNAs were accepted by NA speaker Raja Parvez Ashraf. However, on January 17 and January 20, the resignations of 34 and 35 more PTI MNAs were accepted respectively.

Several MNAs then withdrew their resignations and requested the speaker not to accept them. However, on January 25, the NA speaker accepted the last batch of resignations.

Subsequently, the 43 MNAs took their grievance to the Lahore High Court (LHC), which on February 8 suspended the ECP’s orders.

Later, several other PTI MNAs approached the LHC for similar relief. The court, however, only instructed the ECP to suspend the denotification of PTI MNAs from Punjab.

The ECP statement issued today said that the electoral body was suspending its notifications from January 17, 20, 27, and February 3 to “the extent of the following constituencies/reserved seats falling in the province of Punjab”.

The statement said that the notification of denotification of 27 members on general seats from Punjab had been suspended, along with the notification to denotify five women members from Punjab.

The commission would also delay holding elections for these seats until further guidance from the LHC, the statement mentioned.

The women MNAs whose denotification notice has been suspended include Aliya Hamza Malik, Kanwal Shauzab, Andleeb Abbas, Asma Hadeed and Maleeka Ali Bukhari.

Moreover, the denotification notices of Sadaqat Ali Khan, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Aamer Mehmood Kiani, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Fawad Chaudhry, and Syed Faiz Ul Hassan have also been suspended.

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Senate Session: Senate Proceeds With Debate On Important National Issues

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Today, the Senate reconvened in the Parliament House in Islamabad, with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani presiding.

The House has persisted in debating matters of national significance.

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What kind of gun was used to kill Ameer Balaj Tipu?

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Accused Muzaffar Hussain held a license to possess a shotgun.

Before the CIA Police raided a home at Canal Road housing society earlier, Khawaja Aqeel, also known as Gogi Butt, and his gunmen—the accused identified in the murder case of Ameer Balaj Tipu—escaped.

According to sources CIA In response to a complaint about Balaj Tipu’s murder, police conducted raids at several locations. The Chohang region murder case of Balaj Tipu. The police executed a raid on Khawaja Aqeel, also known as Gogi Butt.

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Farrukh Habib of the IPP was released from the Judicial Complex vandalism case.

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Farrukh Habib, who defected from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and joined the Istehkam-e- Pakistan Party (IPP), was the subject of a complicated vandalism case heard by ATC judge Abul Hasanat Muhammad Zulqarnain, according to sources.

The investigating officer informed the court at the beginning of the hearing that they did not wish to place Farrukh Habib under arrest. In addition, he had abandoned his request for pre-arrest bail.

The investigative officer’s comments led the court to dismiss Farrukh Habib from the case.

It is important to note that during the former premier’s appearance, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and other party officials were accused by the Islamabad police of assaulting, destroying, and vandalizing the court complex.

The FIR claimed that the crowd was being directed by members of a “political party” and that their provocations had caused destruction.

According to the report, there was a plan to assault the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and the Federal Judicial Complex.

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