LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought reply from the Election Commission of Pakistan in a petition filed against restriction on participation of President, Prime Minister, ministers and party heads in the campaigns of candidates contesting by-polls across the country.

A PTI MPA Mansoor Sarwar filed the petition submitting that the impugn code of conduct introduced by the ECP unconstitutional. The support of the candidates by the legislators was violation of the fundamental rights. However, a deputy Attorney General told the judge that the election commission imposed restriction in order to keep the election process impartial and peaceful.

After hearing both sides, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC asked the law officer to apprise the court whether the ECP can put such ban and adjourned further proceedings until May 22.

In another case, the LHC partially upheld sentence of a mother and son convicted for throwing acid on a young woman on Wednesday. A trial court, on July 3, 2012, had convicted Nasreen Bano and her son Danish and sentenced them to 34 years of imprisonment under different sections of law and ATA.  The bench quashed 14-year imprisonment, however, upheld 20-year.

Nasreen and her son had thrown acid on their relative Sidra Yasmin in June 2011 over a family dispute which deprived the later of his eyes. Manga Mandi police had lodged the case.