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Decide Plea against Bilawal in 30 days: LHC orders ECP

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to deliberate on a petition filed against Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari disputing his candidacy in the 2018 general elections within 30 days.

The petition claims that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari ran on the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) ticket rather than his own Pakistan Peoples Party ticket (PPP).

Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza presided over the case, in which petitioner Syed Iqtidar Haider argued that, following the introduction of new election laws known as the Election Act 2017, the PPPP (led by Asif Ali Zardari) and the PPP (led by Bilawal) registered as separate political parties with election symbols “sword” and “arrow.”

For the general election to Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament) and all provincial assemblies in 2018, the ECP approved “arrow” under section 215 (2).

Bilawal’s dual membership in the PPP and the PPPP, according to Haider, breaches section 203 (3) of the Election Act 2017, which states that “a person shall not be a member of more than one political party at the same time.”

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