LAHORE – Against the backdrop of political settlement between the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam and Pakistan People’s Party leaderships, Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, the PML-Q chief, on Monday withdrew a disqualification plea against Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar which he had filed in the Lahore High Court some three years and nine months ago.

Hussain’s counsel Farooq Haider informed the election tribunal of LHC that his client did not want pursue his petition and wanted to withdraw the same. At this the tribunal comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan disposed of the petition. The Q chief had lost election in Gujrat against Ahmad Mukhtar. Later he challenged the election with a prayer to declare Mukhtar disqualified on basis of irregularities committing during the polling in the constituency by Mr Mukhtar and the election authorities.

He submitted that almost at all the polling stations the PPP workers forcefully barred a number of voters of the PML-Q from casting their votes while the returning officer also considered a number of rejected votes in favour of Ahmad Mukhtar, when the RO was bound to re-examine all the rejected votes presented by the presiding officers.