ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has decided to follow case proceedings of the NA-122 case in the Supreme Court following a plea filed by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq challenging the verdict of the election tribunal, which deseated the former National Assembly speaker from Lahore’s NA-122 constituency.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan has asked Hamid Khan to follow case proceedings in this regard, following which Hamid Khan has submitted a formal application before the SC, asking permission to become a litigant in the case.
Giving details in this regard, PTI Central Information Secretary Naeemul Haq said his party had decided to contest the case in the Supreme Court.
Earlier, former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq had challenged in the apex court the decision of an election tribunal that had ordered re-election in his constituency (NA-122).
In an appeal filed at the Lahore registry of the SC through advocates Khwaja Saeeduz Zafar and Shahid Hamid, the deseated MNA asked the court to set aside the election tribunal’s order for being against facts and law. Sadiq did not seek stay order as per the party policy which had decided to contest the re-poll.
The tribunal (Kazim Ali Malik) on Aug 22 had annulled the result of NA-122 allowing a petition of PTI chief Imran Khan and ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold by-election in the constituency. Imran had lost 2013 general election against Ayaz Sadiq.
The appellant stated that a bare perusal of the interim orders passed during the course of the proceedings by the tribunal showed the bias of the presiding officer (Kazim Malik).
He said the tribunal did not decide the issue of maintainability even after recording evidence despite its own order to this effect. He said the tribunal unjustly penalised him for not filing reply within three days despite knowing that he was abroad.
Sadiq said the attitude of the tribunal was summed up in the remark made in para 7 of impugned decision “that time has come to speak out bitter truth in utter disregard of the doctrine of necessity-cum-expediency” is yet further confirmation of the bias.
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