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The SC rejects the appeal to have the 2024 elections annulled.

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Under the leadership of Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, a three-judge panel of the Pakistan Supreme Court heard a case involving Ali Khan, a petitioner who wanted the February 8 general elections to be ruled invalid.

The bench also includes Justices Musarrat Hilali and Muhammad Ali Mazhar. The plaintiff’s attorney stated at the beginning of the hearing that his client want to withdraw the plea because they did not want to continue with it.

The Supreme Court cannot be the target of such a practical joke. Justice Isa said, “Bring the petitioner from wherever and present him before the court. The bench will hear the petition.”

In the meantime, the SHO of the jurisdiction in which the plaintiff resides was instructed by CJP Qazi Faez Isa to bring Ali Khan before the court.

After notifying the plaintiff through the defense ministry, the further hearing on the plea has been postponed until February 21.

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A private petitioner petitioned the Supreme Court, requesting that it declare the general elections on February 8th invalid because of purported breaches of democratic norms and electoral integrity.

In order to guarantee justice, accountability, and transparency, the petition requested that the court call for fresh elections to be held in 30 days under the direct supervision of the courts.

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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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