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MPA suspended: Sardar Hussain says ball is now in people's court

ISLAMABAD, Dec 19: Sardar Hussain, a candidate of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) who had challenged postal and rejected votes in PK-90 (Chitral II), had the last laugh on Wednesday as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) here suspended the membership of his rival Ghulam Muhammad as member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly. sardarAfter an election tribunal in Peshawar directed re-elections in seven polling stations of PK-90 (Chitral II), additional director general (elections) ECP Masud Ahmed Malik formally denotified the membership of Ghulam Muhammad of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). “Pursuant to the judgement dated 8/11/2013 passed by the election tribunal Abbottabad in election petition number 11/2013 titled Sardar Hussain versus Ghulam Muhammad and others, the ECP is pleased to suspend the notification number F.2(43)/2013-Cord dated 22/5/2013 and notification number F.2(43)/2013-Cord dated 5/6/2013 to the extent of membership of Ghulam Muhammad in KP provincial assembly from constituency number PK-90 (Chitral II) with immediate effect”, says the ECP notification. When contacted by ChitralToday, Sardar Hussain seemed confident but declined to say anything about the possible outcome of the re-polling in the seven polling stations, saying the politically well-conscious people of Chitral know well how to use their right to franchise. Mr Shah said he wanted a free, fair and transparent election and this was the reason he had approached the court of law seeking justice against alleged misuse of money and other irregularities which took place in May 11 general elections. “The people of Chitral are politically well aware and now the ball is in their court. I did whatever I’d to do as a public representative….now I’m sure they must chose the one who can better represent them. It’s a not a matter of any party or a person but the leader should be capable enough to serve the people in a true sense without any prejudice,” he said. The disgraced former APML MPA Ghulam Muhammad could not be contacted despite repeated attempts on his cellphone to know his version on the cancellation of his membership and the likelihood of his yet another attempt to clinch the seat in a neck-and-neck competition against his archrival Sardar Hussain.]]>

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