PHC verdict against SIC’s reserved seats suspended

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday suspended a ruling of the Peshawar High Court denying reserved seats in the KP assembly to the Sunni Ittehad Council which comprises members of the PTI.

The Election Commission of Pakistan had earlier dismissed SIC plea for allocation of the seats reserved for women and minorities in the provincial assembly. The SIC filed a petition in the high court which maintained the decision of the Election Commission on March 7.

The SIC then challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court. A three-member bench of the apex court today suspended the high court ruling.

Headed by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, the bench comprised including Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Athar Minallah.

Over 70 seats were doled out to the PML-N, ANP and JUI-F across the country. However, the SIC challenged the election commission’s decision in the high court and also did not allow the reserved seat members to take oath.

As a result, the Election Commission of Pakistan delayed the election of senators from the assembly. 

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