ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking the disqualification of three female lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The IHC bench, headed by Justice Amir Farooq, reserved the verdict upon completion of arguments.
During the hearing, Justice Farooq questioned the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) counsel if any petition seeking disqualification of a legislator elected on a reserved seat has ever been filed before an election tribunal, to which he replied in the negative.
PML-N leaders Tahira Bukhari and Shaista Pervez had moved the petition seeking disqualification of PTI’s Kanwal Shauzab, Malaika Bukhari and Tashfeen Safdar under Article 26 and 63 of the Constitution.
Earlier, the petitioners had requested the IHC to suspend the membership of the MNAs until the court reaches a conclusion on the petition.
They maintained that Bukhari should be declared ineligible to be a member of the National Assembly for possessing dual nationality, whereas Tashfeen Safdar be de-seated for concealing information about her dual nationality in her nomination papers.
In October last year, the Supreme Court had disqualified two PML-N leaders – former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s sister Senator Sadia Abbasi and Senator Haroon Akhtar Khan – as members of the Upper House over their dual nationality.