SC dismisses PTI petition challenging Khawaja Asif's election as MNA

Top court rejects claims of electoral rigging against the defence minister

Hasnaat Malik November 10, 2016
The top court rejected claims of rigging against the Defence Minister

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenging the election of Khawaja Asif as Member of the National Assembly (MNA).

The petition was filed by PTI's Usman Dar challenging the victory of the defence minister from the NA-110 constituency.



Asif emerged victorious in the May 2013 general elections in NA-110 Sialkot – one of the four constituencies where the PTI had sought vote audit and re-election through separate election petitions.

Khawaja Asif requests SC to decide election case soon

On June 20, Asif’s counsel Rashdeen Qasuri appeared before the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and requested the court to decide the case at the earliest, saying his client was being harassed by his opponents on media.

On June 7, NADRA submitted its report without the record of 29 polling stations where the bags were said to have gone missing. In January this year, the Supreme Court ordered the verification of votes in the Sialkot constituency within three months.

PTI chairman Imran Khan had alleged massive rigging in the 2013 general elections, with the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) turning out to be largely successful.

Election rigging probe: Inquiry commission rejects PTI’s allegations

However, on July 23 2015, a three-judge inquiry commission probing into systematic rigging in the 2013 general elections rejected the allegations.

The commission in its 237-page report said despite some lapses on part of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) “the 2013 general elections were in large part organised and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law.”

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Ishrat salim | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Israr: Yes agree, normally that should have been the best course - order re election as per circumstantial evidence, but only Allah knows best. all these judges will have to answer to Allah on the day of judgement in sha Allah.
Israr | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend How can bags from 29 polling station just disappear? NADRA report also mentions (as usual) several thousand unverified votes. I understand no criminal charges can be brought because whoever removed the bags wouldn't leave any evidence and wouldn't confess to their wrongdoings so the only just verdict would be to set aside the results and order new elections.
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