IHC ejects ECP decision to remove Farooq Sattar as MQM-P convener


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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday suspended Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s order to remove Farooq Sattar from the convenership of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Aaj News reported.

Justice Amir Farooq of IHC reinstated Sattar as the party’s head until the court decides the petition filed by Sattar against the ECP decision.

IHC has issued notices to the ECP, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Kanwar Naveed Jameel — leaders of MQM-P Bahadurabad ordering them to submit their response by April 11.

On Wednesday, MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar filed a petition in the IHC challenging ECP’s order to remove him as party convener.

Sattar requested the court in his submitted petition that it should nullify the ECP decision.

ECP’s five members bench on Monday had removed Sattar from the position of MQM-P convener by accepting the challenge to his election and rejected his plea that the ECP had no jurisdiction to adjudicate upon internal matters of the party.