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Apex court rejects review petition against Khawaja Asif in NA-110 poll rigging case

Published Mar 20, 2017 02:20pm

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected the review petition filed by PTI's candidate Usman Dar against PML-N leader Khawaja Asif in NA-110 election rigging case.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the case and maintained an earlier decision in the favour of Asif.

Disposing off the petition, the chief justice observed that presenting 10 witnesses in one's favour was not enough to declare an election outlawed.

Justice Nisar said that the people presented as witnesses could be either supporters or voters of the said petitioner, so they could not be declared impartial.

The chief justice further said that unattested votes could not be eliminated from counting. How can one examine that how the seals of polling bags were broken, he raised a question.

Justice Nisar also said that Dar failed to present himself before the election tribunal despite several summons. "He did not turn up before the tribunal even when he was fined. To be there for cross questioning was a legal requisite," he added.

Earlier in Nov 2016, the apex court had rejected a petition challenging his election from the NA-110 (Sialkot) constituency.

The minister had bagged 92,484 votes, against his main rival Usman Dar’s 71,573 votes during the May 2013 general elections.

NA-110 (Sialkot) is one of the four constituencies — apart from NA-122 (Lahore), NA-125 (Lahore), and NA-154 (Lodhran) — which remained the focus of the PTI’s attack in their campaign to establish rigging in the 2013 elections.

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Comments (7) Closed

Mar 20, 2017 02:31pm

NS zinda bad

A gujjar
Mar 20, 2017 03:05pm

I don,t Think ever DAR can Defeat NS at least in Sialkot, Silakot 02 seat in are NS tradional seats, people are educated and they don,t throug vote to another party except NS snice decades

Mar 20, 2017 03:12pm

The SC is right, Usman Dar didn't seem to be serious. But let's see how K. Asif stays in power. He can rely on corruption only for so long.

Mar 20, 2017 04:04pm

Now who is rayloo katta and phateechar. IK added two very vibrant yet demeaning words to Pakistani public's vocabulory without thinking that he n his party too can be branded as such. Proves amply that he does not think before he leaps n is a trigger happy guy.

Yaser arafat
Mar 20, 2017 04:07pm

Someone should tell PTI leadership that now this 2017 and upcoming year is election. Please come out from 2013 for God sake! enough is enough.....Now they couldn't deliver what they are supposed to do so at least be prepare for next election

Mar 20, 2017 04:33pm

@TN - Your last word is good one!

Mar 21, 2017 01:04am

Mr. Dar you need a good attorney. The problem is your case is strong but your attorney is not. I wish you had a good attorney to fight your case. You are a very honorable man but in the wrong gang. Please re-evaluate yourself, where you are and where you should be. Don't waste your hard earned money.

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