Five-member bench to hear Benazir's petition for NA membership

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Islamabad, Oct 11 (UNI) Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed has constituted a five-judge bench to hear a constitutional petition by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto seeking declaration of her election to the National Assembly in view of all cases of corruption against her withdrawn.

The court also issued notices to deputy attorney general and the Election Commission of Pakistan(ECP) returnable by October 29.

The respondents include the law secretary, the ECP, returning officer for reserved seat elections, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and candidates to these seats from Sindh, including the information secretary of the Pakistan People's Party Sherry Rehman, the Daily Times reported.

Ms Bhutto had filed the petition in the Sindh High Court to be declared elected in 2002.

However, her petition was contested on account of the cases filed against her and had been pending for five years.

The PPP chairperson moved an urgent application in the Sindh High Court yesterday, claiming her seat in the National Assembly reserved for women following withdrawal of cases against her.

The newly-promulgated National Reconciliation Ordinance has quashed all cases against her and declared relevant sections 'ab initio' void.

The Bench to be headed by the Chief Justice himself will comprise of Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Rahmat Hussain Jafferi and Justice Faisal Arab.


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