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PTI likely to mount court challenge today


ISLAMABAD:

The composition of bench will be considered significant to decide the matter as PML-Q leader and former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi announced to challenge in the Supreme Court the appointment of Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as caretaker provincial chief by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) a day earlier.

The petition will be filed through Ali Zafar Advocate in the apex court, The Express Tribune has learnt.

A member of the PTI legal team expected that the petition would be filed under Article 184 (3) of Constitution on Tuesday (today).

He said the appointment was being challenged on multiple grounds, especially on the question of bias against the PTI as well as Voluntary Return (VR) arrangement by Naqvi in a bank loan scam.

Meanwhile, a member of the PML-N maintained that the apex court had no jurisdiction to entertain the petition against the appointment, saying Article 224A of the Constitution was clear on the matter.

On the question of bias, he said the burden would be on the petitioner to prove that Naqvi was against the PTI, adding that the Punjab caretaker chief minister was not accused in the VR settlement matter.

“The matter is 10 years old, therefore, disqualification period of 10 years has already lapsed,” he added.

The PML-N member also stated that there were corruption charges of serious nature against Elahi in the then investigating officer and incumbent NAB Chairman Aftab Sultan report submitted in a bank scam case.

In his report,…

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