ISLSMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday suspended the order of an election tribunal of Balochistan High Court that had de-seated National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.
Suri had challenged his disqualification for alleged irregularities in the election process through a petition in an apex court, and a decision in this regard was made early on Monday.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, and comprised of Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, heard the case.
Counsel of Qasim Suri, Advocate Naeem Bukhari, had filed a petition in the SC, pleading to court that it overrule the decision of the election tribunal that had disqualified Suri.
In the petition, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader stated that irregularities in the electoral process could not be attributed to the candidate, and instead rested with the authorities.
When the SC took up the matter today, Bukhari argued that Suri bagged 25973 votes while his rival, Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, could only get 20089 votes.
After hearing the arguments of both sides, the court suspended the order and restored Suri’s NA membership till the matter is decided by the court.
It may be mentioned that on September 27, the BHC’s election tribunal declared the 2018 election of Qasim Khan Suri as null and void and ordered re-election in the NA-265 constituency of Quetta.