PTI hopes for third wicket with tribunal decision on NA-154

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:28

MULTAN: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was hoping to secure a 'third wicket' on Wednesday with the election tribunal set to announce its verdict on alleged rigging in NA-154 constituency of Lodhran.

Scuffles erupted between workers and supporters of the PTI and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as they waited outside the election tribunal building in Multan for the judge to announce the verdict.

A large number of police personnel were also deployed around the building for security duty, but they were largely unable to control the situation as supporters chanted slogans and clashed with the opposing party's workers.

Sources said where Justice (retd) Rana Zahid Mehmood is expected to announce his ruling around 4:00PM.

Independent candidate Siddique Khan Baloch had won the elections by obtaining 86,177 votes in the 2013 general elections while PTI candidate Jehangir Khan Tareen bagged 75,955 votes. Later, the winning candidate joined the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).

Jehangir Khan Tareen rejected the election result and filed an application with the Election Commission of Pakistan for recounting of votes. The Lodhran district returning officer conducted the recounting after which Siddique Khan Baloch got 1,000 more votes.

But Tareen also rejected the recounting and filed a petition in the election tribunal, stating the election was rigged. He also challenged the academic degree of Siddique Khan Baloch.

The election tribunal reserved the judgment on the last hearing on August 22 and fixed August 26 (today) for announcing the verdict.

Workers and supporters from both parties had gathered at the election tribunal Multan, where Justice (retd) Rana Zahid Mehmood was set to announce the verdict shortly.

"We are very hopeful, and I pray that result will be in PTI's favour," said Jahangir Tareen, who had also arrived at the election tribunal for the announcement of the verdict.

This will be the 'third wicket' for the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's PTI if the tribunal’s ruling comes in their favour.

In May, an election tribunal annulled the results of the NA-125 constituency where PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique had returned as the winning candidate in the 2013 general elections.

PTI chairman Imran Khan was jubilant when a Lahore election tribunal declared the NA-122 election null and void from where National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had won the election.

After the NA-122 verdict, the excited Imran Khan said that 'a third wicket' would fall soon.

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