Elections 2018: SC allowes PML-N's Sumaira Malik to contest polls

09:30 PM | 9 Jun, 2018
Elections 2018: SC allowes PML-N's Sumaira Malik to contest polls
KARACHI - Supreme Court on Saturday granted Sumaira Malik permission to contest general elections 2018 from Khushab’s NA-93 constituency.

Sumaira Malik, who was disqualified over the fake degree in 2013 will contest elections on Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) ticket.

Malik had filed the review petition in SC Karachi Registry seeking permission to contest polls.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar—during the hearing—remarked that no woman can be convicted without investigation.

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The top judge further added that Malik’s picture on the educational document has been proven original by the forensic report. He made it overtly clear that picture can’t be declared fake without a formal probe into the matter.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of Pakistan nullified the elections of district counsel in Khushab and ordered to conduct elections again. The fallout of the decision directly affected Sumaira Malik of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz as she was serving as the chairperson district council Khushab.

Malik is not a neophyte in the political spectrum of the country as she has been elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from Constituency NA-69 (Khushab-I) three consecutive times.

She bagged 119,193 votes and defeated Umer Aslam Khan of  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in general elections of 2013, however, was disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan due to the possession of a fake degree in October 2013 by then CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry.