A big blow to PML-P leader as IHC rejects Sattar’s plea



Islamabad, June 11 (TNS): In a major development, Islamabad High Court on Monday dismissed Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar’s petition challenging an Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to remove him as party convener.

Dismissing the petition, the IHC declared Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui party convener. The MQM-P had moved the top electoral supervisory body against Sattar in the wake of intra-party fissures over award of party tickets in the recently-concluded Senate elections. The erstwhile MQM-P convener had then challenged the verdict before the court.

In the petition, Sattar said he had been ‘illegally’ removed as party head on February 11 by MQM-P Central Coordination Committee (CCC) members.

“The said illegal removal was confirmed by the learned ECP in its March 26 order,” the petition read. On March 29, the high court temporarily suspended the ECP decision after Sattar’s counsel Babar argued that the commission had no jurisdiction over internal party matters.