LHC new bench to hear pleas on Kulsoom’s candidacy

Staff Reporter


The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday constituted a three-member bench for the third time to hear the petitions challenging the candidature of PML-N candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz for the NA-120 by-election after two previous benches were dissolved.
The three-member bench, headed by Justice Aminuddin Khan, will start proceedings on the case next week while the elections on the seat left vacant by Nawaz Sharif’s ouster are set to take place on September 17.
The other two members of the bench include Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi and Justice Shahid Jameel. On Wednesday, the three-member full bench of the LHC constituted to hear the case was dissolved after Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza refused to hear the case for “personal reasons”.
Justice Aminuddin Khan, who was set to lead the bench, referred the petitions to the LHC chief justice for the constitution of a new bench to hear the matter.
Last week, a full bench formed on the same petitions also dissolved after its head, Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan, recused himself from the case for the same reasons. PPP candidate Faisal Mir, Advocate Ishtiaq Ahmad Chaudhry of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Nabeel Shahzad of the Milli Muslim League (MML) had filed the petitions against the decisions of returning officer.

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