NA-176: Supreme Court suspends PML-N MNA's disqualification notice

Mehmood Hanjra was disqaulified after his rival alleged he was not eligible under Articles 62 and 63

Web Desk August 07, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended a notification which disqualified Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz MNA Sultan Mehmood Hanjra from his National Assembly membership, Express News reported. 

An election tribunal had disqualified Hanjra - winning candidate from NA-176 Muzaffargarh - after his rival alleged Hanjra was not an eligible candidate as envisaged by Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. The tribunal had declared the poll results for the constituency null and void and ordered reelection.

Today, the apex court suspended the order and called off re-polling in the constituency.

The contentious clauses, Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution, state that an individual cannot be qualified to be the member of Parliament unless he is an honest and loyal citizen of Pakistan and is enrolled as a voter in any electoral roll. It further says that any member of Parliament can be disqualified if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan, or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state and has been convicted by a court.

Earlier on August 4, the election of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate, Ghulam Qadir Chandio, on the provincial assembly seat from its stronghold Nawabshah (PS-27) was declared void on the basis of his fake degree.



Noon is Junoon | 8 years ago | Reply

So let me get this straight, if a candidate follows his legal course and take the matter to SC, the court becomes Sharif Court? How about for other candidate of other parties who went to SC as well and got same treatment. How about every other person in Pakistan who takes stay order and move to higher court.

People this is a system, learn to live in it!

Parvez | 8 years ago | Reply

Our electoral process is deeply flawed from start to finish and apparently it has been designed expect the same people who are beneficiaries of this system to put the system right is a bit far fetched. A neutral body must be involved in making recommendations for change, otherwise it will be a farce.

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