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PTI Faces Defeat In Islamabad Mayor Election, PML-N Candidate wins

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PML-N candidate Pir Adil Gilani defeated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Malik Sajid Mahmood in the Islamabad mayor by-election.

According to unconfirmed official results, a total of 69 votes were cast in the election of the Mayor of Islamabad while no vote was rejected.

Pir Adil Gilani got 43 votes while PTI leaders got only 26 votes.

It should be noted that according to the notification issued by the Election Commission, the by-election for the vacant seat of Mayor of Islamabad was scheduled for December 28.

District Election Commissioner Islamabad was appointed Returning Officer for the by-election of the Mayor of Islamabad.

Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz, a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, resigned on October 6.

Sheikh Ansar Uzair released a copy of his resignation on the social networking site Twitter and said in his statement that “the federal government has taken back all the powers and put us against the wall, thus further serving the MCI to its esteemed citizens.”

“If I can’t serve my people, it’s better that I resign and I resign as mayor of Islamabad,” he said.

Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz was suspended for 90 days by the federal government on May 17, but the Islamabad High Court annulled his suspension and reinstated Sheikh Ansar Aziz.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had heard the petition filed against the suspension of the mayor of Islamabad where Secretary Chairman Local Commission Officer Ali Sufyan had appeared with the original record, while the court had expressed anger over the said report.

Authorities presented the May 7 agenda and minutes of the May 14 meeting of the Local Government Commission to the court. During the hearing, Advocate General Islamabad said that six of the nine members of the commission were present at the meeting. On recommendations, the federal government suspended the mayor of Islamabad.

The Deputy Home Secretary, who was present in the court on the occasion, said that through circulation, the Cabinet suspended the Mayor of Islamabad for 90 days on recommendations.

The court, after arguments from both sides, quashed the 90-day suspension order of the Mayor of Islamabad and allowed Sheikh Ansar to work.

Sheikh Ansar Aziz was elected mayor of Islamabad in 2016 when the PML-N government was at the centre.


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