Pakistan court rejects Imran Khan-backed Sunni Ittehad Council’s reserved seats petition

Mar14,2024



New Delhi: Jailed former Prime Minister of Pakistan has received a shock. Imran KhanA top court of Pakistan on Thursday rejected a petition by the party Sunni Ittehad Council is wanting reserved seats In national and provincial assemblies.
The Peshawar High Court unanimously dismissed the petition filed by SIC, Geo News reported.
Pakistan Election Commission Earlier on March 4, the seat quota appeal of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed Sunni Ittehad Council was rejected citing legal loopholes and violation of mandatory provisions.
Attorney General of Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan, with support from ECP lawyer Sikandar Bashir Momand, argued that a party must win general seats to be eligible for reserved seats. Despite independent candidates supported by the PTI winning the most seats in the National Assembly, the post-poll alliance between the PML-N and the PPP formed a coalition government.
Barrister Ali Zafar, counsel for SIC, highlighted the absence of specific time limit in the Constitution for submitting the list for reserved seats. The court led by Chief Justice Mohammad Ibrahim Khan stressed that the participating parties would secure seats as per law.
Barrister Zafar defended the possibility of resubmitting the lists and insisted on the ECP's right to issue a second schedule, citing Section 104. He argued that the proportion of reserved seats should align with the number of general seats won. The Chief Justice noted the importance of filling these seats for the full Parliament.
Barrister Zafar urged the court to interpret the Constitution without any gaps. He stressed the need for transparency in the election process for reserved seats. The court acknowledged the role of the ECP in upholding justice through law. The decision underlines the legal complexities associated with reserved seats and the importance of adhering to constitutional provisions.
(with agency input)



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