SC declares Ali Hakro ineligible for contesting polls


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday declared Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Muhammad Ali Hakro ineligible for contesting general election 2018 from PS-16 Kamber Shahdadkot-II constituency.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard the appeal challenging the decision of Sindh High Court (SHC).

Earlier, an election tribunal disqualified Hakro from contesting the election on the grounds of concealing a bank account in his nomination papers.

The PTI leader approached Sindh High Court which maintained the election tribunal’s decision and then subsequently the petitioner moved to SC which also dismissed the appeal.

The petitioner took the stance that he did not conceal any bank account intentionally as that time he was not feeling well. However, just a day before the scrutiny of nomination papers, he submitted his complete bank statement.

The apex court observed that the applicant submitted his bank statement but failed to disclose at the time of submission of nomination papers, and dismissed the appeal.

Meanwhile, the said bench also declared Dr Shehzad Niazi from PP-90 Bhakkar ineligible on the dispute of nomination papers.