ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Friday issued stay order against the holding of by-polls for Tando Muhammad Khan constituency after granting leave to appeal to Waheeda Shah against Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Sindh High Court (SHC) decision for her disqualification.On November 4, the Chief Election Commissioner, Justice (Retd) Fakhrudin G Ebrahim had upheld the disqualification of Waheeda Shah, a candidate who had been reported to slap an election official during polling on February 25 in the by-election of PS-53 of Sindh Assembly. Her disqualification barred her from being elected as a member of Provincial Assembly for two years.A three-judge bench led by Justice Nasirul Mulk issued the restraining order for the election in PS-53, scheduled for December 4 after hearing arguments of Hashmat Habib, counsel for Waheeda Shah.Hashmat Habib pleaded that the concerned presiding officer, Habiba Memon had authority for one day saying she could not get an FIR registered against his client two days after the alleged incident. He further informed that the Returning Officer had sentenced his client as a magistrate, days after the polling without following the due process of law.He said that his client had not slapped anyone during the polling but was trying to disperse crowd from the spot adding that Waheeda Shah was served a sentence on the basis of a video.It is worth mentioning that Waheeda Shah, a candidate for the Sindh Provincial Assembly from the Pakistan People’s Party fold had been declared guilty by the Election Commission of Pakistan for slapping Presiding Officer Habiba Memon and others during the polling of by-elections at the polling station No 16 and had been found guilty of interfering in the polling process.