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SC allows incarcerated Parvez Elahi to contest Feb 8 polls in stronghold

Former Punjab CM allowed to contest for the provincial assembly seat of PP-32

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SC allows incarcerated Parvez Elahi to contest Feb 8 polls in stronghold

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday allowed former Punjab chief minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) president Parvez Elahi to contest election scheduled to be held on Feb 8.

The PTI leader, who was facing incarceration for his alleged involvement in multiple cases, had earlier approached the apex court to allow him to contest the upcoming polls while challenging the verdict of the Lahore High Court (LHC). The LHC had upheld the Election Tribunal’s decision of rejecting his nomination papers.

Elahi – the veteran politician – has been allowed to contest for the provincial assembly seat in his home constituency of Gujrat PP-32.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday declared null and void the decision of election tribunal which rejected his nomination papers.

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A three-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail and Justice Athar Minallah heard Elahi’s plea against the rejection of his nomination papers.

Elahi’s counsel Ihsan Khokhar said that they don’t want to delay the elections and sought permission for his client to contest from PP- 32 Gujrat.

Also Read: Parvez Elahi to contest elections on six seats

The court ruled during the hearing that the voters cannot be deprived of their right to vote.

“The job of Returning Officer is to facilitate and not to create hindrances in the elections. The election is all about the involvement of people and not their exclusion,” the court remarked.

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The court allowed his appeal and directed the concerned authorities to print his name and election symbol on the ballot paper.

However, the veteran politician, who is currently detained in Adiala Jail, has withdrawn from all other constituencies and now he would only go for PP-32.

Read More: Islamabad police arrest Parvez Elahi soon after release by LHC

It merits mention here that Elahi was earlier a candidate from six National Assembly and Punjab Assembly seats from Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, and Talagang.

The constituencies include NA-59, NA-64, and NA-69 of National Assembly and PP-23, PP-32, and PP-34 of Punjab Assembly.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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