ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday declared the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone the elections in NA-60 as null and void.
The ECP decided to postpone the elections to ensure a “level playing field” after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Hanif Abbasi was arrested and sentenced to life in prison in the ephedrine quota case on July 22.
Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Shiekh Rasheed approached the apex court on July 24 against the ECP decision but the postponement was allowed to continue.
The Supreme Court had decided that Rasheed’s plea would be heard later.
On Wednesday however, the ECP was directed to conduct a by-election for NA-60 by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.
Shiekh Rasheed, who had also contested from the NA-62 seat and emerged victorious, lauded the decision and withdrew his petition against the ECP’s order.