SHC allows Miftah to contest NA-249 by-poll

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The Sindh High Court’s (SHC) Election Tribunal has allowed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Miftah Ismail to contest the NA-249 by-election, it was learnt on Friday.

PML-N stalwart’s nomination papers were challenged by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Paksitan Tehrik-i-Insaf leader’s counsel, Hasnain Ali in his argument before the SHC election tribunal said that Miftah Ismail did not submit details of his car and investment while submitting the nomination papers to contest the by-election.

The plaintiff stated that returning officer (RO) had illegally accepted Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader’s nomination papers despite not fulfilling Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Pakistan Muslim Legue (N) lawyer in his arguments ruled out the allegations of the PTI leader against Miftah and added that his client has not to hide anything in his nomination papers and stated Hasnain Ali’s arguments are based on assumptions only.

The tribunal after hearing arguments from both sides, allowed Miftah Ismail to contest by-polls in NA-249.

The NA-249 seat was relinquished by the PTI’s Faisal Vawda, who had won the seat in the 2018 general election, beating PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif by a small margin of 723 votes.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced to hold the by-polls on April 29.