Latest Pakistan News / Islamabad – The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an unconditional apology sought by Syeda Waheeda Shah in a case of manhandling an Election Commission (EC) official at a polling station during recently held by-elections.
The Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Sindh Assembly candidate had slapped a polling staff in Tando Muhammad Khan. She was repeatedly shown on TV, physically attacking the polling staff on the election day.
The EC had registered a case against the candidate and decided to withhold the official result of by-election in the constituency, Sindh Assembly seat PS-53.
While hearing of the suo moto notice of the incident, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry showed his announce when he told Ms Shah: “You have slapped the whole nation. The matter is not related to the court now —the state has also become a party in it.”
The court reprimanded Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed and Inspector General (IG) of Sindh Police for delay in registration of a case against Ms Shah.
The relevant clauses of law were also not included in the registered case, it added.
Anita Turrab, a government official and the applicant in the case, told the court that the incident has increased sense of insecurity among the employees.
The court has sought a detail report of the incident from IG Sindh and Chief Election Commissioner Justice Hamid Ali Mirza (retd) and adjourned hearing of the case till March 12.