Imran's Hat-Trick: Election Tribunal Rules in Jahangir Tareen's Favor in NA-154

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:55

MULTAN: An election tribunal probing rigging allegations in NA-154, Multan constituency announced on Wednesday its verdict in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Jahangir Tareen and ordered re-election.

Deseating Pakistan Muslim League—Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Muhammad Siddique Khan Baloch, election tribunal Justice Rana Zahid Mehmood declared the poll result null and void.

According to the short order, massive irregularities were reported in the polls with no mention of rigging, media reported.

Tareen – a runner-up candidate at NA-154 constituency in the 2013 general elections – had filed an application against the winning candidate from PML-N, Siddique Baloch.

Speaking to the media, Tareen said the verdict puts a big question mark on the credibility of the entire 2013 general elections.

“Imran Khan had asked for scrutiny of four constituencies, decisions in three of them have been overturned,” he said.

“We will contest and win the poll,” the PTI leader added.

PTI chairman’s wife Reham Khan termed the verdict a hat-trick for Imran.

Imran also congratulated Tareen following the tribunal’s verdict.

Celebrations in Lahore are underway.

Earlier, accepting a plea by PTI, the apex court on Friday vacated the Lahore High Court (LHC) stay order on the verification of thumb impression at a National Assembly constituency in Lodhran district of Punjab.

The move comes days National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was unseated by an election tribunal of Punjab on Saturday after it invalidated his election of NA-122 (Lahore-V) and ordered re-polling in the constituency.

PML-N representative Sadiq had defeated the PTI chairman in the May 2013 general elections to clinch the seat. Imran, however, challenged Sadiq’s victory.

The tribunal’s judge, Kazim Malik, also ordered re-election in PP-147, where PML-N’s Mohsin Latif had defeated PTI’s Shoaib Siddiqui.

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