ECP reserves verdict on plea seeking Faryal’s disqualification

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday reserved the verdict on a petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former president Asif Ali Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur as a Sindh Assembly member.

A five-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, reserved its judgement, which will be pronounced on February 8.

During the hearing, Farooq H Naek, a counsel for Talpur, requested the bench to dismiss the plea for being non-maintainable.

Two Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders, Arsalan Taj and Rabia Azfar, had moved the petition in the ECP seeking disqualification of Talpur as member of the provincial assembly over allegedly concealing her assets.

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They stated the PPP leader should be disqualified under Article 62 of the Constitution as she failed to declare details of her assets before the ECP, which means she is no longer ‘Sadiq and Ameen’.

Talpur owned properties in Larkana and Shahdadkot, the petitioner stated, adding that she had been nominated in a case pertaining to billions of rupees corruption through fake bank accounts.

They pleaded that she be disqualified as a member of the Sindh Assembly.

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