KARACHI: Sindh High Court’s election tribunal, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, asked the Election Commission of Pakistan and the returning officer of PS-128 in Karachi to file their replies by April 17 on a plea seeking to disqualify Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) leader Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqui from the upcoming election.
A petition alleged Maulana Farooqui was not eligible to contest the polls since he had delivered speeches to fuel sectarian violence.
Syed Tasawar Ali Zaidi, the lawyer representing the leader, denied this. The tribunal also allowed 39 other candidates to contest election.
However, twelve petitions were dismissed and the tribunal upheld decisions made by the returning officers.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2013.