Islamabad (March 14, 2018): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday rejected petition from PTI Chairman Imran Khan to disqualify the MNA on PTI ticket Ayesha Gulalai.
The decision was taken by a three member bench chaired by the chief justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar. The CJP inquired from Imran’s lawyer Sikandar Bashir Mohmand if Gulalai had submitted a written resignation to which the former responded in the negative.
Mohmand argued that Gulalai had announced her decision to quit the party during a press conference and further said that she had violated the party’s constitution by not voting in the prime ministerial election.
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Justice Nisar then inquired if the party chief, himself, had cast his vote in the same poll. The lawyer responded that Imran had not been in the city when the election had taken place.
“What if Gulalai says the same; that she was not in the city when the election was held?” responded the chief justice.
The counsel argued that there were legal flaws in the ECP’s verdict.
Responding to the counsel’s argument regarding the defendant’s announcement to resign from the party, Justice Ahsan cited a similar announcement from Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid.
“Sheikh Rashid had also announced his resignation but did that announcement make the resignation effective?” Justice Ahsan wondered. “Political leaders often make such statements,” he added.