ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court Friday turned down a petition seeking to postpone by-elections on the National Assembly constituency NA-60, Rawalpindi.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq conducted hearing of the petition and reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the petitioner.

Later, the bench announced its reserved judgment by dismissing the petition.

In this matter, Shahid Orakzai moved the court and sought its directives for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to defer the upcoming elections in Rawalpindi constituency until a decision on PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s appeal against his life term sentence.

The ECP is all set to hold elections on this constituency on October 14. Earlier in July, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had postponed election in NA-60 Rawalpindi in the wake of PML-N candidate Hanif Abbasi’s disqualification in the ephedrine case.

It had said: “The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) having taken cognizance of all the attending circumstances is bound to provide level playing field to the contestants under the Constitution and the law, particularly Section 4 of Election Act 2017.”

The Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Court of Rawalpindi had announced life term imprisonment to Abbasi in the case related to misuse of controlled chemical ephedrine. Abbasi was contesting election against Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rashid from NA-60, Rawalpindi and the PML-N had no covering candidate in the constituency at that time.