Supreme Court overturns Sumaira Malik’s lifetime disqualification on a petition filed by ABS & Co

In a review petition on which Ahmer Bilal Soofi advised and represented the petitioner, Supreme Court on Saturday overturned the lifetime disqualification of Sumaira Malik.

In 2013, the Supreme Court had declared that Sumaira Malik was disqualified for life from contesting elections due to a fake degree. However, the decision was overturned on review after the Supreme Court was shown the forensic analysis of her degree. The Court found that the degree to bee genuine.

Sumaira Malik has been elected three times in a row from district Khushab and is a former federal minister. In 2014, her son Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan has been elected to the NA on a bye election. Now she is eligible to contest elections again.Sumaira, spouse of Malik Tahir Sarfraz, got elected to National Assembly of Pakistan from 2002 to October 2013. She is sister of Ayla Malik who was also elected as a parliamentarian.

Previously, she was elected to National Assembly from Constituency NA-69 (Khushab-I) as a candidate of National Alliance in the Pakistani general election, 2002. She received 71,925 votes and defeated Umer Aslam Khan, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q). In September 2004, she was inducted into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and was appointed as Minister of State for Tourism.

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