Sadaf Ihsan, disowned by JUI-F, reinstated as MNA on reserved seat

JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman had sought suspension of the notification of the “unknown woman”

By
Nausheen Yusuf
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside Pakistan’s election commission building in Islamabad on August 2. — AFP
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside Pakistan’s election commission building in Islamabad on August 2. — AFP

  • PHC annulled ECP's withdrawal of Sadaf Ihsan's success notification.
  • Ihsan secured a reserved NA seat for women in 2024 elections.
  • JUI-F petition asked ECP to notify Ms Hina Bibi on the reserved seat.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday reinstated Sadaf Ihsan, who was disowned by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), as a Member of the National Assembly on a reserved seat after Peshawar High Court's (PHC) suspended the electoral body’s earlier notification. 

“Pursuant to the Order of Hon'ble Peshawar High Court, Peshawar in WP No.1429-P12024 titled "Sadaf lhsan Versus Government of Pakistan through Parliamentary Affairs Pak Secretariat, Islamabad & others dated 2nd April, 2024, the Notification No.F.6(a)/2024-Cord dated 11th March, 2024 is hereby withdrawn,” the ECP notification read.

“Consequently, the ECP's earlier Notification No.F.6(a)/2024-Cord dated 4th March, 2024 is hereby restored to the extent of declaring Sadaf lhsan, as returned candidate for the seat reserved for Women in the National Assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, province.”

Ihsan had challenged the ECP’s decision in PHC and last month, the high court suspended the ECP notification and issued the notice to the petitioner.

The ECP withdrew her victory notification after the JUI-F disavowed Sadaf Ihsan, claiming the legislator did not belong to the party.

Ihsan secured a reserved seat for women in the National Assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa following the 2024 general elections. 

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman denied Ihsan was a JUI-F candidate and sought the suspension of the notification of the “unknown woman”, demanding an investigation into the matter.

“Sadaf Ihsan is neither our party (JUI-F) member nor named in our list. Notification for Sadaf Ihsan should be suspended and Ms Hina Bibi should be notified [on the reserved seat],” the JUI-F chief stated in the plea.

The ECP said Sadaf Yasmin was mentioned in a list submitted by the JUI-F for the allocation of reserved women's seat.

However, the woman who submitted nomination papers identified herself as Sadaf Ihsan, hailing from Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.