Hours after being de-seated, Khawaja Saad Rafique challenges tribunal verdict in SC

ECP de-notifies Rafique's membership from NA-125 following tribunal's May 4 verdict


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ISLAMBAD: As Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued a notification annulling Khawaja Saad Rafique's membership in the National Assembly from NA-125, Rafique moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the tribunal's verdict. 

"Pursuant to the May 4 judgement passed by the election tribunal in petition titled 'Hamid Khan vs Saad Rafique and Others', the ECP hereby denotifies the membership of Khawaja Saad rafique," the election commission's notification said.

Read: Election tribunal rules in favour of PTI in NA-125, announces re-polling

However, Rafique challenged the tribunal's verdict in the Supreme Court and announced that he will participate in the re-polls and contest elections from the constituency once again.

Rafique’s counsel Khawaja Haris filed a 15-page appeal against the election tribunal May 4 verdict calling for re-polling in the NA-125 Lahore Cantt constituency. In his appeal, he stated the tribunal judgment is against the law.

“PTI candidate Hamid Khan failed to prove the case as pleaded by him in front of the election tribunal and therefore the judgment is against the law,” the appeal contended.

“The election tribunal has misconstrued the law,” it added.

Further, the appeal stated the existence of an election cell in the office of district returning officers is also presumptive as there is no evidence supporting the claim.

On May 4, an election tribunal ruled in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday, whereby re-polling in the coveted NA-125, Lahore Cantt constituency was announced.

The decision came after the tribunal found irregularities in the polls that were held in the constituency in the May 2013 general elections.

Read: NA-125: PML-N to appeal election tribunal's verdict in SC

According to former ECP secretary Kanwar Dilshad, Rafique would have had to resign after the declaration of the NA-125 polls null and void by the election tribunal.

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Bilal Ali | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend PMLN and Saad Rafique will have no problem winning NA125. This is my constituency and Nawaz League is favored by the middle class. Those of you live in this area try checking out the sentiment of shop owners and house helps. Having said this, if the superior thinks Saad Rafique's petition carry weight, they will allow it. No harm since Imran Khan trusts the superior judiciary. The problem with PTI folks is that they want everything there way, which is wrong and the reason why I regret voting PTI. This time I am voting PTI
salman | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend @OBSERVER: Sorry to burst your bubble...but I was there on the day and the protest was started by voters and PTI workers joined soon after. IK was in posession of an official nadra document. It was the nadra prescan report on na122 that was sent by the tribunal to ik and ayaz Sadiq lawyers some weeks ago. The news report on ET yesterday even mentions that it was the prescan report. Ik never said it was the scan result report. And nadra chairman clarified that. Now please tell me where you see the lie in any of this?
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