In a major blow to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the election tribunal on Friday declared election of NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri from NA-265 (Quetta-II) as null and void and ordered a re-election in the constituency.
Suri won the election in 2018 against Balochistan National Party leader Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, who had challenged the results. Raisani alleged that Suri had won the election by rigging the polls. The election tribunal, headed by Justice Abdullah Baloch, had reserved its verdict in the matter earlier this month.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, the tribunal had reserved the decision in this regard earlier this month. The verdict was announced by Justice Abdullah Baloch on Friday.