LHC directs ECP over MPA’s tribunal plea

LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to decide on a petition filed by PML-N MPA Rashida Yaqoob from Jhang regarding transfer of petition from Faisalabad to some other tribunal.
After hearing the case, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC disposed off the petition.
MPA Rashida Yaqboob had filed a petition and submitted that she was elected as member of the Punjab Assembly from Jhang District and her opponent candidate Maulana Ahmad Ludhyanvi challenged her victory before an election tribunal. She said a tribunal in Faisalabad was hearing the petition against her victory but she could not appear before it due to life threats.
The petitioner said that she had moved an application to the ECP to transfer her case from Faisalabad District to some other tribunal. But, she said, the ECP did not decide on her petition.
She pleaded the court to direct the election commission to decide her application without unnecessary delay.
Tax ombudsman DG summoned: The Lahore High Court Wednesday summoned Federal Tax Ombudsman Director General Rizwanullah Baig by October 15, on a petition challenging stay orders on controversial electricity bills.
Barrister Umar Sharif filed the petition and argued that federal tax ombudsman was misusing his powers to solve the matters related controversial electricity bills. He said he was also giving stay orders on applications filed by electricity consumers.
He contended federal tax ombudsman had no legal authority to hear and decide all such petitions.
The petitioner pleaded the court that federal tax ombudsman should be barred from deciding applications related to electricity bills.
After hearing the arguments, Justice Shujaat Ali Khan summoned the Federal Tax Ombudsman.

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