Court stays oath taking of new reserved seat members

Attorney general of Pakistan issued notice to appear in court on March 13.

PESHAWAR: The high court of Peshawar on Thursday extended its stay order on administering oath to newly-selected members of the KP assembly on reserved seats for women and minorities till March 13.

After the Election Commission of Pakistan rejected a petition of Sunni Ittehad Council, seeking allocation of reserved seats on the basis of the general seats won by independent candidates backed by PTI, who later joined the council, over 70 national and provincial assembly reserved seats were doled out to other parties.

Of the over 70 seats, the PML-N, ANP and JUI-F also accommodated one woman member each from Chitral.

However, the SIC challenged the election commission’s decision in the high court which yesterday stayed the KP assembly from administering to the new reserved seat members for one day and further extended it to March 13 on Thursday.  

The petition was heard by a five-member bench headed by Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim and including Justice Ijaz Anwar, Justice Atiq Shah, Justice Shakeel Ahmed and Justice Arshad Ali. The court also issued notice to the attorney general of Pakistan to appear in court on the next date of hearing on March 13.

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