IHC suspends Election Act 2017

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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) yesterday suspended clause no 241 of the Election Act 2017 pertaining to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath until next hearing. An IHC bench led by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was hearing a petition against the controversial amendments in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause in the law. The petitioner in the case has urged the court to reinstate all the clauses and declarations in their original states. After hearing arguments today, the IHC issued notices to all the parties and suspended the clause no 241 o the Election Act 2017 until the next hearing. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Awami Muslim League (AML) also challenged the Election Act 2017, which paved the way for Nawaz Sharif to become head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after his disqualification in Panama Papers case ruling on July 28. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had also challenged the election bill. The Election Act 2017 was unanimously passed by the National Assembly with some 40 amendments by the government and the opposition. The Senate on November 6 had unanimously adopted a bill seeking amendments to the Election Act 2017, with special emphasis on religious minorities. PTI legislator Azam Khan Swati had moved the bill in the upper house.

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