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IHC calls PM Kakar back in the issue of the missing Baloch students

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As Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the IHC heard the case of the missing Baloch students, he gave directives.
The IHC judge said, “The caretaker prime minister should appear before the court instead of traveling to Karachi for the next hearing.”

He declared, “Nobody is above the law here.”

Justice Kayani, an IHC judge, also asked questions concerning the interior and defense secretaries, as well as other caretaker ministries.

A three-person committee was also established by the court, and the hearings were postponed until February 28.

The Caretaker Prime Minister was summoned in a four-page written order by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) a day earlier in relation to the matter of the missing Baloch students.

During the case hearing, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani stated that anyone proven to have participated in forced disappearances ought to get a double death sentence. “On Monday at 10:00 p.m., Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq should personally appear before the court and explain to the bench why a case should not be filed against him,” Justice Kayani said.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani responded to the Assistant Attorney General’s request for an extension of the hearing by saying, “I am showing leniency that both DGs are not being summoned.”

One of the 12 missing kids has also been found, according to testimony given by AAG Usman Ghumman in court earlier. He added that the Attorney General was not in the office today to request a case postponement.

But the motion from the state attorney was denied by the court.

In a previous hearing, the IHC had given the federal government till today, February 13, to retrieve the missing Baloch kids.

The court also requested a final report from all Baloch missing people about their return to their homes in a written order.

“At this time, the court is not requesting under oath comments from the security institution, the interior and defense secretaries, or the prime minister. The court order said that oaths would be required and legal action would be taken if the missing people were not found.

A list of the Baloch students who were missing due to forced disappearances was presented by the attorney general. The outstanding cases of 12 Baloch missing students were brought before the court.

The federal government gave the court the assurance that no one would ever again be abducted or forced to disappear.

The decree said that the AG has guaranteed the recovery of all missing persons, regardless of the cost, and that anyone participating in criminal acts would face legal action.

“These declarations and deeds are encouraging signs for Pakistan’s improved future, which will bring justice to the Baloch families who have been grieving for their missing loved ones for a number of years,” the court declared.

In accordance with the court ruling, the attorney general was also tasked with investigating the disappearance of Sammi Deen Baloch’s father, who has been absent for more than ten years, in order to get information about his whereabouts from governmental institutions.

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The NA-81 victory of the PML-N candidate is ruled invalid by the LHC.

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PTI candidate Bilal Ijaz’s petition against the electoral commission’s ruling was granted by High Court Judge Shahid Karim.

The bench questioned, “How the election commission could neglect the Supreme Court’s decision.” “Isn’t it a contempt of court to ignore the ruling of the highest court?” asked the bench. The court questioned how the election commission could become involved once the voting process was over.

PTI candidate Bilal Ijaz claimed in his petition to have won the election in February 2008 with a lead of more than 7,000 votes. “With a margin of 3,100 votes, PML-N candidate Azhar Qayyum Nahra was declared the winner in the recount.”

Bilal Ijaz argued, “The petitioner’s over 10,000 votes were discarded in the recount.” The petitioner contended that the election commission was not authorized to request a recount following the tribunal’s establishment.

He implored the court to deem the ECP’s decision for recounting void.

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The PTI contests the election results of the three NA seats in Islamabad.

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Arguing that the results of the elections held on February 8 were manipulated and tampered with, the party brought its appeal before the Election Tribunal at the Islamabad High Court.

The Election Tribunal has been petitioned to nullify the successful declarations of MNAs from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz by PTI candidates in Islamabad, including Aamir Mughal from NA-46, Shoaib Shaheen from NA-47, and Ali Bukhari from NA-48.

Citing purported electoral tampering, some PTI contenders have contested the results on multiple venues.

The results of the elections in PK-73 and PK-79 were contested before the electoral tribunal on April 6 by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Details reveal that Ali Zaman and Taimur Saleem Jhagra of the PTI contested the outcomes of the PK-73 and PK-79 polls. Although the RO pronounced their opponents the victors in the aforementioned Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly constituencies on Form 47, the PTI leaders in their plea insisted that they were winning in accordance with Form 45.

Forms 45 and 46 have distinct presiding officer signatures. In order for ECP to compile the results of PK-73 and 79 in accordance with Form 45, the tribunal has proposed to hear the plea.

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NA-241: The SHC challenges the victory of Mirza Ikhtiar Baig

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According to information provided, Pervaiz Akhtar, a citizen, filed a case in the Sindh High Court claiming that Mirza Ikhtiar Baig is a citizen of Canada. His request to renounce his Canadian citizenship is currently pending.

Since it is against the law for a dual national to hold a NA seat, the complaint pleaded with the court to suspend his membership in the NA.

The PPP candidate’s attorney was instructed to appear at the next hearing on May 16 by the court, which also requested a response from Baig and the provincial and federal governments.

See also: Khurram Sher Zaman forfeits NA-241 seat in Karachi

It is important to note that in the general election of 2024, Khurram Sher Zaman, an independent candidate supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), lost the seat representing Karachi’s National Assembly constituency (NA-241).

Results for NA-241 in Karachi show that Mirza Ikhtiar Baig of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) won with 52,456 votes, 3,846 more than the next closest independent candidate, Khurram Sher Zaman, who was endorsed by the PTI and received 48,610 votes. Farooq Sattar of the MQM-P, however, only received 494 votes.

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