SHC reserves judgment on Qayyum Soomro petition

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday reserved its judgment in a petition of PPP’s leader Dr Abdul Qayyum Soomro, and directed Election Commission of Pakistan ECP to produce original record of nomination of Soomro.

Headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, the division bench was hearing a petition against ECP’s order declaring PPP’s Abdul Qayyum Soomro ineligible for technocrat’s seat in Senate.

Farooq H Naek on behalf of the petitioner submitted that Soomro filed nomination paper on 7 March as candidate for technocrat seat reserved for the province of Sindh and was declared validly nominated candidate for technocrat Senate seat and accordingly his nomination form was accepted.

He said that no other candidate filed nomination paper for seat so his client was declared as unopposed senator. However, Naek contended that a citizen from Punjab, Tariq Ahmed filed application asking ECP that Soomro did not qualify as a technocrat as he has not unveiled his source of income and other document relating to tax.

Subsequently, he added that ECP stayed the notification of his client as technocrat and initiated proceedings against him. He said that ECP announced a detailed judgment of the case, declaring Soomro’s senate election null and void. Though, he contended that as per law his client falls in the category of technocrat yet he was disqualified for seat.

However, deputy attorney general Ashiq Raza did not oppose the petition and asked court to allow the petition. The court reserved its judgment for unspecified time.