SC confirms validity of Saad Rafique’s elections in 2013


The Supreme Court on Thursday annulled the decision of election tribunal which ordered re-election in Lahore’s NA-125.
A two-member bench of apex court while accepting the petition of Khawaja Saad Rafique ruled that irregularities did not occurred in the constituency during general elections 2013.
Rafique had challenged the verdict of election tribunal’s judge Javed Rasheed Mehboobi who had annulled results of the NA-125 election and ordered a re-poll on the seat won by him. A three-member bench headed by the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali had suspended de-seating of Rafique and re-election in NA-125 in May 2015. Later, the decision on his plea was reserved on March 19 after conclusion of proceedings.
The former Railways Minister had secured 123,416 votes whereas his contender Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Hamid Khan had obtained 84,495 votes from NA-125 constituency.
Khan had challenged Rafique’s victory, alleging that the PML-N candidate had rigged the elections, and a large number of bogus votes were cast in his favour.
He had requested the tribunal to declare the election null and void and announce re-election in the constituency.—INP

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