Islamabad -  A Division Bench (DB) of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday admitted for regular hearing Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) petition against the nomination of two Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) candidates from the federal capital for Senate elections.

After removing IHC Registrar office objections over the petition, the DB comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamir Farooq directed the office to fix the petition in the next week for further proceedings.  PTI Secretary Information Dr Shireen Mazari filed the petition before the IHC and challenged the nomination of Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Raheela Magsi as candidates for Senate elections from Islamabad on the ticket of ruling PML-N.

Dr Mazari moved the petition before the IHC maintaining that PML-N’s candidates Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Raheela Magsi could not contest elections from the federal capital because they were not local residents of Islamabad.

In the petition filed through her counsel Barrister Shoaib Razzaq, PTI leader alleged that it was the right of locals  not outsiders to represent the federal capital in the Senate. In this matter, the Registrar office of IHC raised objections that the petitioner had no locus standi and also not attached the relevant documents pertaining to the approval of nomination papers of the said candidates.

Dr Mazari nominated federation, chief election commissioner, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Raheela Magsi as respondents in her petition.  She contended that neither the two said candidates were Islamabad citizens nor they were registered as voters of Islamabad and hence they could not contest Senate elections from Islamabad.

The petition stated that the provinces have equal representation in the Upper House, therefore as per scheme of the Constitution, only local residents of any specific territory or province could contest the elections for the vacant seats for their respective areas. The petitioner maintained that Section 20 of the Electoral Rolls Act, 1974 barred the transfer of votes from one constituency to another after the election schedule was announced.

Therefore, the petitioner prayed to the court to issue directions for the rejections of nomination papers of these two candidates from Islamabad.