SHC accepts petition against Alvi’s presidency


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday accepted a petition challenging Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Arif Alvi’s presidency, issued notices to the respondents, including the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the federal government, and directed them to submit their reply by January 1, 2019.

A two-member bench accepted the petition for immediate hearing and directed the respondents to submit their reply. The petitioner, Azmat Rehan, alleged that President Alvi had tampered with court records and was unable to hold the Head of State’s office.

Rehan said that Alvi had thrice changed his statement in the court during hearings of a 1977 case against him pertaining to the Alvi Trust, of which he claimed Alvi was a co-trustee.

The petition said that the PTI leader had submitted inaccurate documents in the court, due to which he acquired ownership of 1,810 acres of land near Hawkes Bay beach, adding that the current chief justice of the SHC had also issued an order against Alvi earlier.

It further added that a person who has tampered with court records could not become the country’s president.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing till January 1.