IHC dismisses PTI’s plea against victory of Yousaf Raza Gillani

Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday has rejected the petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against the victory of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and joint candidate of opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Yousaf Raza Gillani in the Senate polls.

During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah has directed PTI’s member of National Assembly (NA) Ali Nawaz to use the platform of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as this case is already under-hearing there. It’s not appropriate to unnecessarily drag the judiciary in political matters, he remarked.

Subsequently, the court has dismissed the plea.

Yousaf Raza Gillani had defeated PTI candidate Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in an upset victory in the Senate elections.

The contest between Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Yousaf Raza Gillani was being described as the most critical contest among the opposition and the government.

Yousaf Raza Gillani secured 169 votes while Abdul Hafeez Shaikh grabbed 164 votes. A total of 7 votes were rejected by the ECP.  

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