Lahore High Court bars ASWJ ringleader Ludhianvi from contesting by-election

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Published in Pakistan
Saturday, 12 November 2016


A Lahore High Court division bench yesterday barred proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat
(ASWJ) ringelaedr Ahmad Ludhianvi and Rashida Yaqoob, already disqualified MPA of PML-N,
from participating in by-election of PP-78, Jhang.

 

The Punjab Assembly’s constituency had fallen vacant after the Supreme Court disqualified
Rashida Yaqoob for concealing assets, upholding a decision of an election tribunal in
October this year. She was elected to the assembly in the 2013 elections and runner-up
candidate Ludhianvi had challenged her qualification up to the apex court. It was no less
than a cruel a joke that a proscribed terrorist outfit ringleader was allowed to run in the
past.

The election commission announced holding a by-poll in the constituency on Dec 1 for which
Ludhianvi also filed nomination papers.
PML-N’s candidate Sheikh Sheraz Akram challenged the qualification of Ludhianvi through two
identical appeals before the high court.

The petitioner’s counsel argued before the bench that the name of Ludhianvi was included in
the list of fourth-schedule and more than a dozen criminal cases were registered against
him. The lawyer also pointed out serious discrepancy in details of the assets provided by
Ludhianvi to the election commission in the 2013 general elections and the upcoming by-
polls.

Against the eligibility of Ms Yaqoob, the lawyer argued that a disqualified parliamentarian
could not contest election again.

The lawyer asked the bench to disqualify her and Ludhinavi from participating in the by-
polls and set aside the decision of the returning officer.

The bench headed by Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan allowed the appeals and barred Ludhianvi
and Ms Yaqoob from contesting the by-election of PP-78, Jhang.

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