The Supreme Court on May 6 suspended the Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) verdict on reserved seats while accepting the Sunni Ittehad Council’s (SIC) plea against the high court’s ruling.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Athar Minallah heard the SIC’s plea filed through Advocate Faisal Siddiqui last month.

The court called the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as it had rejected the SIC’s (PTI allied party) plea depriving it of reserved seats.

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Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah stated that “Basic principle of democracy & constitution is people mandate should be reflected in the parliament.”

He also remarked, “Where it is written in the constitution & Elections Act that reserved seats would be re-allocated to the other parties [PMLN and PPP].”

Journalist Asad Toor tweeted “After today’s suspension of 23 reserved seats of coalition Govt in National Assembly, Federal Govt lost two-thirds majority in the Parliament.”