MULTAN: Punjab election tribunal’s commission on Wednesday announced its verdict in favour of Jahangir Tareen over a petition filed by the former secretary general of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in NA-154 (Lodhran) during the 2013 general elections.
The tribunal deseated Pakistan Muslim League—Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Muhammad Siddique Khan Baloch and ordered re-election in the constituency.
The election tribunal on Aug 20 had reserved its verdict after the lawyers of both the parties completed their arguments.
The verdict comes days after the ECP de-notified National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq based on the decision announced by Punjab election commission’s tribunal.
The PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq had defeated Imran Khan in the 2013 general elections from NA-122 after which PTI had challenged the results. Punjab election commission’s tribunal had ordered re-polling in NA-122, declaring the election in the constituency null and void.
Furthermore, earlier this year ECP issued a notification of annulment of PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique’s membership from the National Assembly after an election tribunal annulled results of the NA-125 election and ordered a re-poll on the seat won by Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique.