The Lahore High Court (LHC) presided over a hearing on petitions challenging the success of Maryam Nawaz, Hamza Shehbaz, and other candidates in the 2024 general elections.
The court ordered the cases to be presented in the relevant forum. Tensions flared during the hearing, with a heated exchange between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-supported independent candidate Shehzad Farooq’s lawyer Aftab Bajwa and Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) lawyer Azam Nazir Tarar.
Bajwa, referring to Maryam Nawaz as ‘Queen,’ sparked rebuke from Justice Ali Baqir Najafi, who emphasized maintaining decorum.
The court expressed displeasure at the bitter words exchanged and directed the parties to challenge cases in the appropriate forum.
The ECP counsel highlighted procedural concerns, emphasizing the Election Commission’s role and the need for adherence to rules.
The court adjourned proceedings, awaiting the ECP’s information on received complaints by noon. Notably, the petitioners contested the issuance of Form-47 in the general elections.