IHC irked by change in Tribunal

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PTI counsel Advocate Shoaib Shaheen argued that the Election Tribunal had given time to the PML-N MNAs for a response

News Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) Chief Justice Aamer Farooq expressed his anger over the change of the Election Tribunal in Islamabad.

The court heard PTI’s petition against the ongoing proceedings related to the Election Amendment Ordinance and the change of tribunal in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

PTI counsel Advocate Shoaib Shaheen argued that the Election Tribunal had given time to the PML-N MNAs for a response, adding no reply was given.

Justice Aamer inquired “Why the tribunal has been changed. The government explain to me that this amendment was abolished years ago, and now they have brought it through an ordinance. How can the acting president issue an ordinance? What was the emergency that the ordinance came overnight? Let the system remain a system.”

Shaheen stated that he would challenge the ECP’s decision and requested the court to restore the seats on the application pending before the court and to what has happened to date.

Advocate Ali Bukhari remarked, “Today we have gone back to the position of February 8.”

The CJ remarked “The tribunals were formed after consultation with me, I suggested the names and you gave the approval, then what was the need to change the judges of the tribunal? The request to change judge also comes to us, we do not ask for records, and you have to be accountable. We respected that ECP is a constitutional body, that is why we gave two days time.”

“Has the notification of the new judge been issued?” Justice Aamer inquired further asking if the tribunal made was only for Islamabad.