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Reserved seats: SC to announce verdict on SIC’s plea tomorrow

11 July, 2024 18:40

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will announce its verdict on a case concerning the reserved seats of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) tomorrow.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and Justices Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi will announce the verdict at 9am.

The court had reserved its verdict on Tuesday after closing the hearing on a set of appe­als moved by the SIC.

The top court’s 13-member full bench held its special session under the chair of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa.

The important session was summoned by the Chief Justice to hold a discussion over the order related to the reserved seats’ case.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had reserved its verdict in the Sunni Ittehad Council’s (SIC) plea against the Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) verdict upholding the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision denying them the reserved seats.

The case was heard by a 13-member full court bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa.

The bench comprised Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Ayesha Malik, Justice Shahid Waheed, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan.

The reserved seats issue came to light after the PTI-backed independent candidates emerged victorious in the Feb 8 elections and later joined the SIC in a bid to claim seats reserved for minorities and women.

However, the PTI suffered a setback after the ECP, citing the party’s failure to submit its list of candidates, denied allocating the reserved seats to the SIC.

The PTI then approached the PHC that upheld the ECP’s decision on the matter.

Subsequently, the SIC moved the SC seeking to set aside the PHC verdict and the allocation of 67 women and 11 minority seats in the assemblies.

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