LAHORE: Two days after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) put off election in PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s constituency after his conviction, a petition seeking to postpone election in NA-127 where Maryam Nawaz was to contest from was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday.
Imran Butt, a voter from the Lahore constituency, filed the petition, stating that all citizens of the country are equal as per its Constitution, but former premier Nawaz Sharif’s daughter has been meted out discrimination by the ECP.
He contended the ECP postponed election in Hanif Abbasi’s Rawalpindi constituency (NA-60) due to his disqualification after he was convicted in the ephedrine case. However, it didn’t do so in the case of Maryam after she was awarded sentence in the Avenfield case.
The petitioner, therefore, pleaded that the high court may direct the ECP to put off election in NA-127 Lahore.
Earlier, the PML-N named Ali Pervaiz as new candidate for NA-127 following Maryam’s conviction in the Avenfield case verdict of the accountability court. Ali Pervez Malik is the son of PML-N Lahore president Pervaiz Malik.
The party also named Irfan Shafi Khokhar for PS-173 – a provincial seat in Lahore Maryam was vying for alongside the National Assembly seat.
The accountability court had handed down 10 years’ imprisonment to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, while seven years’ jail term to his daughter Maryam Nawaz and one-year imprisonment to his son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar in the Avenfield properties case.
On July 22, the ECP issued a notification postponing election in NA-60 after disqualification of PML-N candidate Hanif Abbasi due to his conviction by the Control of Narcotics Substances Court in the ephedrine case.
The ECP put off the election owing to criticism in political and social circles over the timing of the court verdict.