The Sindh High Court adjourned the petition of Syeda Wahida Shah Bukhari to a day after the Supreme Court proceeds with its suo moto case on March 28. The Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Ali, who represented the Election Commission of Pakistan, brought the proceedings to the court’s knowledge on Thursday.
Disagreeing with the stance of DAG, the petitioner’s counsel advocate Jhamat Mal Jethanand maintained that during the March 12 hearing the apex court had ordered the Election Commission and the returning officer of PS-53 Tando Muhammad Khan to adjudicate on the matter. However, he could not corroborate his position when the court asked to present the SC order of that date.
The divisional bench of Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbassi and Justice Muhammad Tasnim adjourned the case to March 29. The bench summoned the Attorney General of Pakistan and Advocate General of Sindh on the next hearing.
Bukhari had challenged in the high court the two-year ban on her from contesting in the elections and withholding of February 25 by-election results. Her plea for a stay on the by-elections in the same constituency on April 26 was rejected in the last hearing on March 19.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2012.