ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sought the opinion of the respondents on an intra-court appeal against the eligibility of National Assembly member Malika Bukhari.
The court sought further arguments from the petitioner in the petitions against the eligibility of two other lawmakers, Tashfeen Safdar and Kanwal Shozab. A division bench comprising Justice Mianul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Lubna Saleem Pervez heard the decision of the single bench on ICA, in which PML-N lawmakers Tahira Aurangzeb and Shaista on the issue of eligibility of three women. Filed by Pervez. MNA
Petitioner’s counsel Mian Rauf contended that the single bench had dismissed the case in March 2020 in an attempt to disqualify the three MNAs. Justice Aurangzeb remarked that the single bench should have dismissed the case along with the fines imposed on the petitioners. The bench asked why political issues were being dragged to court.
The petitioner’s counsel said that at the time of submission of nomination papers to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Kanwal Shozab had no residential area in Punjab.