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Court rejects Vawda’s plea to stay disqualification proceedings

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has turned down a petition by Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda to stay disqualification proceedings against him.

IHC Justice Aamir Farooq heard a petition seeking disqualification of the federal minister. He through his counsel filed an application requesting the court to stay the proceedings against him for the time being.

The judge while issuing notices to official respondents on his plea to file their comments declined to give a stay order. He noted the court had already ruled that the bench will decide the case at hand keeping in view the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) record.

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The court expressed displeasure over Vawda’s counsel for failing to submit his response to the petition. “Why haven’t you submitted a reply when this court had given clear instructions,” he censured the counsel. “Don’t play Chupan Chupai game with the court. This won’t benefit you,” he remarked, noting the council was also not appearing before the ECP.