ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered to get votes of Lahore’s NA-125 constituency verified through the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
The order was issued on senior PML-N leader and Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique’s petition against the election tribunal’s verdict.
During the case proceeding, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer argued that the election tribunal had rejected the plea to verify votes of the whole constituency and votes at only nine polling stations were verified later.
On this, Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that situation will become clear once all the votes are verified through NADRA.
The apex court directed NADRA to complete the verification process within three months.
On the other hand, Saad Rafique said that he has no objection on the court order.
It may be mentioned here that on May 4, 2015, Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique was disqualified by the election tribunal after irregularities were confirmed in NA-125 polls that were held in the constituency in May 2013.
PTI candidate Hamid Khan had challenged the victory of PML-N’s candidate, alleging that he rigged the election.
Few days later, Rafique challenged the tribunal’s verdict in the Supreme Court and on May 11, the apex court suspended the decision of election tribunal, barring the Election ommission of Pakistan (ECP) from conducting by-poll in the constituency.
Saad Rafique was also reinstated on his Railway Ministry’s post.