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SC returns PTI’s plea against delimitations

IHC fixes PTI's appeal in foreign funding case for hearing on Monday

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday returned a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s a plea against delimitations by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The registrar of the apex court returned the plea after raising objections that the petitioner has not approached the concerned forum.

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The petition was directly filed in the Supreme Court despite having an opportunity to raise the matter at the concerned forum, the registrar said and added that the petition also did not carry concerned certificates.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had already announced the schedule for delimitation of the National Assembly and provincial assemblies of the country.

The election commission said that new administrative units will not be created in any part of the country.

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According to the announcement, the constitution of the delimitation teams for provinces will be completed by April 16.

The chief secretary and the provincial election commissioners have been directed to ensure the provision of required maps and other documents. The relevant documentation will be completed from April 11 to 26.

The final list of delimitations will be published on August 3, 2022.

Separately, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday removed objections of the registrar’s office to the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)’s intra-court appeal in the foreign funding case and fixed it for hearing on Monday.

A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Baber Sattar heard the appeal filed by PTI general secretary Asad Umar challenging the decision of a single-member bench regarding directives to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to conclude the foreign funding case within 30 days.

PTI’s lawyer Shahkhawar Advocate appeared before the court and assured that the petitioner would rectify the petition. On this, the court removed the objections and fixed the case for hearing.

The single-member bench had earlier ordered the ECP to conclude the foreign funding case within one month. The case has been pending with the ECP since 2014.

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