QUETTA: Balochistan High Court’s Election Tribunal has disqualified Advisor to Chief Minister Balochistan on Fisheries Akbar Askani from the Balochistan Assembly.
The judge of election tribunal, Justice Hashim Kakar, has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-polling in the PB-50 Kech-III, from where Askani was elected as MPA on a ticket of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
The court declared PML-N’s Akbar Askani’s election as a member of the Balochistan Assembly nail and void.
Ruling National Party (NP) leader Akram Dashti had filed a petition in the tribunal and demanded verification of the votes from NADRA. The court gave verdict in favour of Dashti after verification was concluded by NADRA.
Askani was also the member of the Committee on Industries, Mining mineral development, Labour and Manpower. Askani is a landlord by profession.
The Balochistan Election Commissioner Sultan Bayyazeed said there would be re-election in the entire constituency following the directives of the tribunal. Two more cases are pending with the tribunal, seeking disqualification of two other members of the Balochistan Assembly.