Election Commission of PakistanThe Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) notified Baldev Kumar, the alleged killer of MPA Sardar Soran Singh, as returned candidate on the seat reserved for non-Muslims in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.However, talking to Dawn spokesperson for the provincial government Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led provincial government was determined to use all ways and means to stop the entry of Baldev Kumar in the assembly and his oath-taking.“The Election Commission of Pakistan is pleased to declare Mr Baldev Kumar s/o Nanak Chand, a resident of Zamankhel, Barikot, Swat, belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, as returned candidate on the seat reserved for non-Muslims in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” reads the notification issued.
Soran SinghMPA Soran Singh, a special assistant to the chief minister on minority affairs, was gunned down near his house in Pir Baba area of Buner district on 23 April 2016. The police had arrested Mr Kumar and two others in connection with the killing within 24 hours of the incident and all the accused are still in jail.
General Election 2013After the 2013 general elections, the PTI had submitted to the ECP the list of candidates for seats reserved for non-Muslims in the house with Soran Singh being its first priority and Baldev Kumar the second.After the arrest of Mr Kumar and two other persons, the police officials at a press conference had alleged that Kumar wanted to become MPA and that was why he killed Mr Singh.
Vacant SeatSources in the ECP told Dawn that Baldev Kumar had been charged in the murder case, but not convicted. They said that according to the ECP rules they were bound to fill a vacant seat within 60 days.When their attention was drawn to the provincial government’s reservation about the ECP notification, the sources said that it (provincial government) should point out any law or rules under which the notification of Kumar could be stopped.
Priority ListKumar stood second on the priority list of PTI after Soran Singh and ECP fulfilled its constitutional responsibility, they said and added that the only legal option with the provincial government to stop him from taking oath was to challenge the ECP notification in the Peshawar High Court. Otherwise, they said, it would be a violation of the Constitution if he was forcefully stopped from attending the assembly session.
PTI MPA hurls shoe at Baldev KumarPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPA Arbab Jahandad hurled a shoe at fellow lawmaker Baldev Kumar in protest of the latter’s presence in the assembly.Baldev, who was was produced in the Khyber Pakhtunkwa Assembly for taking oath as MPA on the orders of the Peshawar High Court, had to be escorted out to the assembly lobby with the help of security personnel.On February 8 2018, the PHC had directed the KP Assembly speaker "to issue order of production of the petitioner to administer oath as member of the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on minority seat in terms of Article 65 of the Constitution."The speaker issued production orders for MPA-elect Baldev Kumar for attending the session.Arbab Jahandad today reiterated the same objections asking how a murderer can step foot in the assembly. He was flanked by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Sardar Aurangzeb.When the speaker said that they are bound by the court's orders, the lawmakers demanded that the KP government appeal the PHC order in the Supreme Court.
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