ISLAMABAD    -   The Supreme Court of Pa­kistan Wednesday turned down a petition seeking disqualification of former federal minister for In­dustries and Production Khusro Bakhtiar and the ex-Punjab Finance Minis­ter Hashim Jawan Bakht. A three-member bench of the apex court head­ed by Justice Ijazul Ah­san, and comprising Jus­tice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the petition against the Pakistan Tehrik-e-In­saf leaders. In this mat­ter, Muhammad Ahsan Abid, a petitioner, con­tended that Bakhtiar and his brother, Jawan Bakht had hidden as­sets. The bench asked from the petitioner that he could not provide ev­idence regarding con­cealment of assets even to the Election Com­mission. Justice Ayesha stated, “The document you are relying on is a complaint filed with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Should two members of the Na­tional Assembly be dis­qualified on the basis of a complaint?”

Justice Ijaz ques­tioned from the peti­tioner, “Did you con­test the election against Khusro Bakhtiar? How many votes did you get?” He replied, “Khus­ro Bakhtiar got 100,000 votes and I got about 1,000 votes.”

At the conclusion of the arguments, Justice Naqvi advised the petitioner to withdraw his applica­tion. “It will be appropri­ate to withdraw the ap­plication, and wait for new elections,” he said. The petitioner is voter of NA-177 Rahim Yar Khan and had contested gen­eral elections from the same constituency