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CJP accepts Election Amendment petitions

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar yesterday set aside objections of the Supreme Court’s registrar office on a number of petitions challenging a clause of the Election Act 2017, which paved the way for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head a political party. The registrar office had rejected the constitutional petitions, observing that the petitioners didn’t approach an appropriate forum to have their grievance redressed and didn’t also provide justification for doing so. Subsequently, the petitioners filed appeals challenging the objections. After hearing arguments of the petitioners’ lawyers in his chamber, the chief justice allowed the appeals and directed the court office to fix them before a bench for hearing. AML chief Sheikh Rasheed, PPP, PTI and others have approached the apex court, pleading it to strike down the controversial clause which paved the way for Nawaz Sharif to become head of his PML-N even after his life-time disqualification in the Panama Papers scandal.

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