The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has nullified the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decision to postpone polling in NA-60 Rawalpindi, after the arrest of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) contestant Hanif Abbasi.

On July 22, Hanif Abbasi was sentenced for life in the ephedrine quota case following which election was postponed in Rawalpindi constituency by ECP.

On July 24, Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed approached the top court against the ECP ruling but SC sustained the ECP's decision of delaying the election in the constituency and decided to take up Shiekh Rasheed's plea later.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar ordered the ECP to hold the by-election on the seat on time.

The AML leader appreciated the SC verdict and took back his petition against the ECP order.

Shiekh Rasheed contested and won the July 25 general election from Rawalpindi's NA-62 seat.