ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s order that had removed Farooq Sattar as the convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).
A five-member bench of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, had given a ruling on Monday in favour of Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on petitions filed against Sattar.
The legal battle started between the Satter-led PIB group and Siddiqui-led Bahadurabad group over the nomination of Kamran Tessori for a Senate seat and ECP’s order bolstered Siddiqui’s position who had argued that the party’s Rabita Committee had replaced Sattar with him by a two-thirds majority.
Siddiqui also challenged the Feb 18 intra-party polls which Sattar had won with a heavy margin. On the other hand, Sattar had challenged the ECP jurisdiction in intra-party matters and asked it to dismiss the petitions filed against him, however, the ECP ruled in favour of Siddiqui.
Irked by the ruling of election regulator, Sattar had moved IHC on Wednesday, seeking to annul the order.
Sattar’s counsel, Babar Sattar gave arguments today (Thursday), effectively convincing the bench which set aside the ECP order and issued notices to the respondents for their response.