Former NA deputy speaker challenges disqualification in SC

ISLAMABAD: Former deputy speaker Qasim Khan Suri has challenged his disqualification from the National Assembly seat in the Supreme Court.

An election tribunal on September 27 declared Suri’s victory from NA-265 constituency (Quetta-II) null and void, and ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-election.

Suri’s lawyer, Naeem Bukhari filed the petition on behalf of his client in the Supreme Court, stating that the decision of the election tribunal to be declared as void. The petition further stated that irregularities in the electoral process could not be attributed to his client.

Suri’s election victory had earlier been challenged by Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader Nawab Lashkari Raisani, alleging rigging in the polls.

Suri had been elected from the area back in 2018 on a ticket of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and was later elected to the position of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.

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