Relief to Imran, will not count again on the Lahore seat.
Islamabad, While giving relief to PTI chief Imran Khan, who was going to take oath of office in Pakistan soon, the Supreme Court rejected the Lahore National Assembly re-calculation, from where Khan made his opponent with a slight margin in the general elections held on July 25. Was defeated. Imran (65) faced peculiar situation when the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) allowed him to take only the conditional swearing in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
He participated from five seats and won on five. While the ECP barred the notification of their victory from two seats, it declared them victorious from three other seats from where they fought. Considering the pending case of alleged violation of election code of conduct, the ECP made this decision.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khwaja Saad Rafiq had petitioned for re-calculation from NA-133 Lahore-9 constituency where Imran won not only by 680 votes. Rafiq had alleged that the presiding officer deliberately rejected hundreds of votes. Rafiq’s lawyer said that if the winning margin is less than five per cent then the request for re-calculation is valid. While rejecting the Lahore High Court’s order, the bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Shakib Nisar, accepted Khan’s plea against the verdict.