ISLAMABAD  - The Islamabad High Court is likely to announce its verdict on Monday (today) on Dr Farooq Sattar’s petition against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to remove him as the convener of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan.

IHC judge Aamer Farooq will announce the judgment which had been reserved earlier on April 16 after hearing arguments of all parties.

During the hearing, Babar Sattar had appeared before the court on behalf of Dr Sattar and Barrister Farough Naseem represented MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. 

Dr Sattar’s counsel had contended before the court that the ECP did not have the jurisdiction to interfere in a political party’s internal affairs. He had maintained that since the MQM-P was registered under Dr Farooq’s name, the ECP did not have the authority to hear cases by another person who claims to be the party convener.

Dr Sattar moved the IHC challenging the ECP’s verdict to remove him as convener of the MQM -P.

The former convener of MQM-P had cited ECP Secretary Kanwar Naveed Jameel and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui as respondents.

Dr Sattar had adopted that he was the convener and party leader of MQM–P and he was illegally removed from the position of convener on February 11 by some members of Central Coordination Committee of the party while the said illegal removal was confirmed by the ECP vide its order on March 26.

He had prayed to the court to declare the said orders unconstitutional and illegal for being ultra vires of the Constitution, the Election Act 2017 and void ab initio for being without jurisdiction, against principles of natural justice, in contravention of the fundamental rights of the petitioner and with no legal effect.

Dr Sattar had requested to declare that till such time, the intra-party election certificate of the MQM– P dated March 11 notified by the secretary ECP was replaced in accordance with section 209 of Election Act 2017 or the petitioner was removed from office of party head in accordance with law by a court of competent jurisdiction, the certificate dated March 11 recognizing the petitioner as the convener of MQM–P should remain in field and the petitioner should continue to be recognized as the party head.

He also requested the court to declare that secretary ECP was vested with no authority to organize, administer or oversee intra-party elections and was obliged by law to recognize and notify the intra-party election certification duly filed by the petitioner pursuant to section 209 of the Election Act 2017.