PTI to challenge Election Bill in Court

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that they would challenge the Election Bill 2017 in the court. Qureshi said they would challenge the amendment in the court, through which a disqualified prime minister could hold a post or lead any political party.  While talking to media in Multan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that they would contact other political parties to change the leader of the opposition in National Assembly after Muharram.  He lashed out at Khawaja Asif and demanded of the government to remove Asif from the ministry over controversial remarks in New York. Qureshi hoped that Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman would support PTI in their move to change the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. Free and fair elections in 2018 are their major demand, Qureshi added.  Earlier the Senate of Pakistan had passed the amended Election Bill 2017 amid a walkout by Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani. The chairman said he had used his discretion under rule 105 of the Senate rules of procedure to deny permission to move the amendment. “However, he kept on pursuing and pleaded that this amendment is very important and members do want to re-consider. Despite the fact that I had already given my decision, I bestowed my powers to the House to take decision in this regard,” he said.—INP

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