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electoral ban on imran khan, tahir ul qadriA petition has been filed in the Supreme Court (Lahore registry) seeking a permanent ban on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and its leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rashid to contest election for their alleged deviation from the Constitution.

Barrister Zafarullah Khan of the Watan Party filed the petition and contended that the respondents, except Dr Qadri, violated their oath of parliament. They even refused to obey the Constitution by their acts, he said. He said the workers of PAT and PTI unlawfully entered the PTV headquarters and ransacked the premises besides harassing the employees.

He said the act fell within the ambit of sedition and requested the court to declare the respondents permanently disqualified to be members of the parliament.

PLEA DISMISSED: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sustained the Registrar’s Office objection and dismissed a petition seeking trial of Model Town incident accused by a special bench of the high court.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree filed the petition and contended that the accused were high-profile personalities, therefore, the trial should be conducted by a five-member larger bench of the LHC like the trial of the late Z.A. Bhutto.

The office objected to maintainability of the petition saying the petitioner was not the aggrieved party in the case. Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa sustained the objection and dismissed the petition.

NOTICE TO GOVT: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Punjab government and other respondents on a petition against the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers.

Muhammad Attique, PTI public affairs committee chairman, and Kashif Ali Shah of the Defence Housing Authority, Lahore, filed the petition.

Issuing notices to the respondents for Sept 8, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah restrained police from extending illegal harassment to the petitioners. The respondents include the Punjab home secretary, the Lahore district coordination officer and the capital city police officer.

The petitioners contended the police were conducting raids at their homes and harassing their families. They said neither any authority issued detention orders against them nor were they required by the police in any criminal case, but the police had been causing serious threat of illegal action against them.

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