Wahida Shah’s case: Court overturns verdict of summary trial

Published: May 31, 2012
I was optimistic about getting justice from the courts, says Wahida. PHOTO: FILE

I was optimistic about getting justice from the courts, says Wahida. PHOTO: FILE


Syeda Wahida Shah Bukhari, who was caught on camera assaulting polling staff during the by-elections, won one of her two ongoing court battles on Wednesday.

A district and sessions court overturned the punishment of her summary trial which was conducted by the returning officer Asghar Ali Siyal.

The 6th Additional District and Session judge, Shahid Pervez Memon, announced the order which he had reserved on the last hearing. The RO had imposed Rs1,000 penalty or a day’s imprisonment on her. If convicted, she would have been disqualified from contesting the elections.

“I was optimistic about getting justice from the courts,” said a triumphant Shah, who won the February 25 by-elections on PS-53 constituency in Tando Muhammad Khan.

She is fighting two separate lawsuits in the district and sessions court and the Sindh High Court (SHC). In the latter case, she has challenged the verdict of the Election Commission of Pakistan which disqualified her from contesting the elections for two years and also nullified the results of February 25 by-polls in Tando Muhammad Khan. “The outcome of this case will make her plea in the SHC stronger,” contended advocate Hyder Imam Rizvi, Shah’s counsel. The SHC, which earlier stayed the April-26 by-polls in the 53- constituency on the request of Shah, adjourned the hearing.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • A Peshawary
    May 31, 2012 - 11:34AM

    What a waste of time by media and opposition in the endgame. Now Ms Shah may start countering the backlash she got but of course without expecting any help from the most sober and civilized anchors (?).

    She will not get the same air time from the media(rather not even 10 pct) for the justice she got from court, against the time she received after the incident. It will be reproted just as a new item only without any comments from honest, balanced approach, transparent and forceful media of the day.

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  • John B
    May 31, 2012 - 11:46AM

    Contempt charge is more serious than assaulting an election officer. She should not be disqualified.!


  • Dr. Doolittle
    May 31, 2012 - 12:52PM

    Well at least she did not steal credit cards. The one who did is back on her seat.


  • Mohammad Zulifqar
    May 31, 2012 - 9:37PM

    She should not be allow into be a member of Gov’t …without part of Gov’t if she slap a EC staff ..when that type of criminal becomre person part of Gov’t they start killing whom ever they want to….
    SHAME on SINDH High Court..


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