JI gets relief: SHC orders to bring arrested UC chairmen for mayoral election


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered that the arrested UC chairmen belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) must be brought to the City Council to cats vote in the upcoming Karachi mayoral election.

The order was given by a two-member bench, comprising Justice Yusuf Ali Saeed and Justice Mohammad Abdul Rehman, while hearing a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami on Friday.

During the hearing, Saifuddin Advocate and Usman Farooq Advocate appeared on behalf of Jamaat-e-Islami, while the police and Sindh government presented a list of four arrested UC chairmen named Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Omar Daraz, Syed Amjad, and Muhammad Mustafa, who have been allegedly involved in various cases.

It was mentioned that Naqvi is currently undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Sukkur.

The Sindh government expressed regrets for the inconvenience caused by bringing all elected representatives to the City Council, with the Sindh advocate general stating that they cannot bear the responsibility of bringing all the individuals other than the arrested ones.

The lawyers for Jamaat-e-Islami argued that a UC chairman was arrested two days ago, prompting the court to summon details on the arrested UC chairman. The court also questioned the role of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), expressing concerns about their actions.

In response, the ECP lawyer stated that there is a clear instruction allowing the elected representatives to participate in the election process.

The Sindh advocate general made a commitment to bring the arrested elected representatives to the relevant forum on the election day but clarified that they are not accountable for the participation of the elected representatives who have not been arrested.