NA committee set to recommend hefty hike in the official fee to contest polls

In the bet to keep frivolous contenders out of the electoral race, the National Assembly cell is placed in order to recommend the big stroll inside public payment in order to contest polls.

Within the active lawful platform, public payment in order to contest elections at a National Assembly (NA) couch is just Rs4, 000 though Rs2, 000 will be the quantity charged intended for contesting selection for the provincial assembly or maybe this Senate’s couch.

Nonetheless, the multi-party parliamentary cell, taking care of electoral reforms, has consented to improve the payment intended for contesting the NA couch in order to Rs50, 000, the provincial assembly couch in order to Rs25, 000 as well as a Us senate couch in order to Rs10, 000. The particular pitch to boost the quantity can be part of the write involving reforms this Election Commission involving Pakistan (ECP) got sent to this panel.

The particular ECP feels which the volume of authorized politics get-togethers has now crossed this 300-mark even though many non-serious candidates furthermore key in this selection contest, producing needless logistic issues.

Aside from critical contestants, quite a few enroll in electoral race intended for numerous reasons by taking advantage of sloppy selection legal guidelines. Between these kind of will be the law which prescribes the payment being posted towards the national exchequer in the time processing of the nomination paperwork.

This payment can be confiscated when a contestant does not tote one-fourth of the votes guaranteed because of the success. The particular ECP feels that this increase throughout payment could possibly get the better of some non-serious contenders today. The particular polls physique says which non-serious contenders furthermore produce quite a few logistic issues.

Sometimes, 40 in order to 50 contestants engage in polls first couch. The particular label and selection image of any contestant can be branded on the ballot papers and voters usually are meant available between these kind of candidates. Due to large number of contestants, this ballot papers turns into too large and difficult. Added contestants furthermore increase the charge involving polls since numerous ballot paperwork usually are branded generally speaking elections. In addition they help it become difficult for your ECP to maintain this information of any contestant.

The particular parliamentary panel has also thought i would transform what the law states which works with confiscation involving security down payment of any contestant. The particular getting out restrict of asking for one-fourth involving votes polled towards the success is going to be lowered in order to one-eighth.

Poll advertising campaign expense restrict

The particular parliamentary cell has also thought i would improve the present impractical bar involving selection advertising campaign costs. Existing legal guidelines designate which candidates managing for the National Assembly couch may invest only Rs1. 5 thousand into their selection advertising campaign – the restrict flouted by the majority of contestants.

Similarly, candidates intended for provincial assembly couch should retain his or her advertising campaign expenses underneath Rs1 thousand, much like law. Following change inside applicable law, Rs3 thousand restrict involving selection advertising campaign expenses is going to be predetermined intended for contestants on the National Assembly couch and Rs2 thousand for the provincial assembly couch.

There is at present zero mechanism in order to validate transactions involving selection expenses, which the the winner prospect has got to distribute towards the ECP weekly after the polling day. As soon as the delivered prospect submits information on selection advertising campaign expenses, this commission rate formally informs him/her since person in assembly. The particular chosen users cannot consider oath before that public notification.

The particular ECP provides planned that every prospect should available a different bank-account intended for selection expenses and each poll- linked expense always be performed simply by way of which bank account.

 Qamar Mansoor MQM’s sent on transit remand in Rangers custody

 Qamar Mansoor MQM’s sent on transit remand in Rangers custody.

The Rangers had to present Mansoor before the judicial magistrate within 24 hours of his arrest to justify his detention. The magistrate handed Mansoor to the Rangers and directed them to produce the MQM activist before Anti-Terrorism Court II after Eid in connection with preventive detention.Mansoor and Rabita Committee in-charge Kaiful Warah were detained by the paramilitary force in a pre-dawn raid on the party’s Nine-Zero headquarters in the early hours of Friday.Warah was later granted a ‘conditional release’ as long as he “reported to the Rangers authorities after the culmination of given period a Rangers spokesman said. Qamar Mansoor MQM’s sent on transit remand in Rangers custody Qamar Mansoor MQM's sent on transit remand in Rangers custody

The two were apprehended for arranging and facilitating what Director-General Sindh Rangers Major-General Bilal Akbar called “hate speeches against peace of Karachi. Friday’s was the second raid by Rangers on Nine Zero this year. Also on Sunday, party chief Altaf Hussain issued a statement saying he had decided to go on a hunger strike unto death in protest of what he called victimisation of MQM workers and their detention by security forces. He said he would commence the hunger strike after getting a nod from the London administration.Late on Sunday night however, MQM’s Rabita Committee appealed to Hussain to take back his decision on starting the hunger strike. Qamar Mansoor MQM’s sent on transit remand in Rangers custody.  source by

A judicial magistrate has sent Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee’s Qamar Mansoor, who was detained during a Friday raid on Nine Zero, on a three-day-long transit remand in Rangers’ custody.Judicial magistrate district central on special duty remanded Mansoor on Sunday in response to the Rangers’ request until courts re-open after gazetted Eid holidays.the Rangers had to present Mansoor before the judicial magistrate within 24 hours of his arrest to justify his detention. The magistrate handed Mansoor to the Rangers and directed them to produce the MQM activist before Anti-Terrorism Court II after Eid in connection with preventive detention. 

Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan visit joint statement.

Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan visit joint statement.

Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan visit joint statement.
Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan visit joint statement.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held a on Friday meeting during which the Indian premier accepted PM Nawaz’s invitation to Pakistan for the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit in 2016.The announcement was made by Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during a joint statement issued with his Pakistani counterpart after Nawaz and Modi held their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Russia.Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first PakistanForeign Secretary Pakistan Aizaz Chaudhry said that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral and regional interest.He added that the two leaders agreed that both India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development.”To do so, they are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues,”Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan Chaudhry said during the briefing. The foreign secretary further said, “Both leaders condemned terrorism and agreed to cooperate with each other to eliminate this menace from south Asia”.Indian Foriegn Secretary S Jaishankar added that the two premiers also agreed on the following steps to be taken by both countries. SOURCE BY

  • A meeting in New Delhi between the two countries’ national security advisers to discuss all issues connected to terrorism
  • Yearly meetings between director general (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF) and DG Pakistan Rangers, followed by that of the directors general of military operations (DGMOs)Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan
  • A decision on release of fishermen in each other’s custody along with boats within a period of fifteen days
  • A mechanism for facilitating religious tourism
  • Discussion on means to expedite the Mumbai case trial including additional information like providing voice samples
  • The meeting between Nawaz and Modi, which took place in Ufa’s Congress Hall, lasted for about an hour.Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi were also present at the meeting.

Aitzaz wants poll bags of some constituencies reopened

Aitzaz wants poll bags of some constituencies reopened

The PPP asked the poll inquiry commission on Wednesday to order the opening of election bags in certain constituencies nationwide. the lifespan of the ordinance under which it was constituted — to conduct a vast inquiry, the commission should look at some of the constituencies to find illegalities, Mr Ahsan suggested. Aitzaz wants poll bags of some constituencies reopened “This proposal is still viable to complete its task within 120 days,” the counsel proposed.but on Wednesday, Reham Khan was the centre of attention inside Courtroom 1. Seated alongside her husband, PTI chief Imran Khan, she was seen quietly listening or taking notes during proceedings as PTI counsel Abdul Hafeez Pirzada concluded his arguments. Aitzaz wants poll bags of some constituencies reopened. MORE INFORMATION  PAKINFOS.COMAitzaz wants poll bags of some constituencies reopened  The commission reiterated that it intended to close the inquiry this week.Citing a number of Supreme Court judgments, Mr Ahsan said election material and the relevant records had always been given great importance and solemnly maintained because defects in the record were never forgiven by the courts.Referring to the large number of missing Form XV, he argued that this was a grievous offence. Aitzaz wants poll bags of some constituencies reopened “If the Form XV or other election material is missing, it calls into question the entire election and lends credence to the notion of the polls being influenced on an overall basis he said.Justice Amir Hani Muslim asked the counsel whether he was alleging rigging in elections all over Pakistan, or in certain constituencies.The major focus is on Punjab replied Mr Ahsan, but Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk recalled his earlier application where the PPP had pointed out widespread malpractices in both Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SOURCE BY

Key PPP leaders from Punjab to join PTI

Key PPP leaders from Punjab to join PT 

LAHORE = Five key leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from Punjab have decided to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after evolving differences with the party leadership, sources said early on Tuesday.Sources told Geo News that former federal minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal, former provincial minister and president of PPP’s Okara chapter, Asharf Khan Sohna, former state minister Samsam Bukhari, former MNA from Narowal Chaudhry Tariq Anees and PPP ticket-holder from Okara Arif Lashari have decided to part ways with the party.Key PPP leaders from Punjab to join PT   Key PPP leaders from Punjab to join PTI.The decision was taken after the party leadership failed in addressing reservations of the said leaders, they added.Sources further said the PPP leaders are likely to formally announce their decision of joining the PTI ranks in a meeting with the party chief Imran Khan in Islamabad later today. The former federal minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal, former provincial minister and president of PPP’s Okara chapter, Asharf Khan Sohna, former state minister Samsam Bukhari, former MNA from Narowal Chaudhry Tariq Anees and PPP ticket-holder from Okara Arif Lashari have decided to part ways with the party. The decision was taken after the party leadership failed in addressing reservations of the said leaders, they added. Sources further said the PPP leaders are likely to formally announce their decision of joining the PTI ranks in a meeting with the party chief Imran Khan in Islamabad later today.  – See more at People’s Party (PPP) from Punjab have decided to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after evolving differences.

Kaptaan special chapal goes online as it gains popularity

Kaptaan special chapal goes online as it gains popularity  

Kaptaan special chapal goes online as it gains popularity. The Peshawari traditional double-soled chapal scaled new heights of popularity. when it was launched with its new title ‘Kaptaan special Peshawari chapal’ on January 8 this year.The special double-soled Peshawari chapal had been in fashion since long but when I gifted a pair of this specially designed new brand to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Imran Khan on his wedding, the shoe became an instant favourite with all and sundry,” Haji Nooruddin Shinwari, owner of Afghan Chapal store in Namak Mandi Chowk told Dawn.He has recently launched an online sale of Kaptaan special Peshawari chapal due to its increasing demand. The shoe dealer claimed that he had imported pure leather from Italy, its sole from Japan and its sheet sole from Germany with camel colour. He said that pure materials were being used in making of the shoe with hundred per cent handicraft. He said that not only followers of Imran Khan, but other people also wanted to wear Kaptaan chapal on special occasions.He said that soon after acceptance of their gift by Imran Khan, most of the ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa began placing orders and also large Pashtuns following of Imran Khan from Gulf States and other countries contacted the store for making of Kaptaan chapal. He said that it took his craftsmen a week’s time to prepare one pair to be sold out at Rs10,000 in the local market. He said that Pashtun buyers living abroad placed their orders online.Shoe dealer claims he imports leather from Italy, sole from JapanNow we don’t accept any orders from people because we have already received a lot and we have to meet them till EidKaptaan special chapal goes online as it gains popularity. If someone presses us, he could get a pair of Kaptaan chapal after a three-month wait.Kaptaan special chapal goes online as it gains popularity. I love Imran Khan; therefore, I redesigned my shoe with the new title and it proved an instant boom. the chapal dealer explained.Wasim Jan, a buyer, said that he had shipped four pairs of Kaptaan chapal for his brother and cousins based in Qatar and added that they would wear the shoes on Eid. He said that although he liked traditional Charsadda and Peshawari chapals yet he cherished Kaptaan chapal. “I know that once the special pairs reached there, many of my friends would chase me to place orders on their behalf,” Mr Jan said.Haji Sher Zaman, a dealer of Safi Mohmand chapal maker, however, painted a dismal picture of the chapal making business in Peshawar. He told this scribe that demand for traditional chapal was going down with every passing year owing to 20 to 40 price hike in its material. He said that only elite class could afford Kaptaan chapal. He said that the price of a normal traditional chapal pair this year stood at Rs800 to Rs1, 000 while last year it ran between Rs600 and Rs800.Kaptaan special chapal goes online as it gains popularity. The chapal stores are being replaced by fruit and juice points in Namak Mandi Chowk. Once there were 60 chapal stores, but now there are only 25. Because of a serious slump in the market, I am not transferring this handicraft to my two sons. Traditional chapals are made in almost all cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal agencies, but Charsadda, Peshawari and Kohati chapals are still in great demand,” he said.He said that the number of chapal makers was also decreasing because of dwindling trend of chapal wearing as common buyers could not afford even simply designed traditional chapal . He explained that cut pieces lots were shipped from abroad and chapals made from those leather pieces lured young people because of their fashionable styles and colours . Earlier, there used to be only traditional chapals in black and red colours, but now they are available in many colours which attract young buyers.Sifat Gul in Jahangirpura bazaar told Dawn that traditional chapal used to be worn with Shalwar Qameez, but over the last few years young people also wore the traditional footwear with jeans. He said that these days around 600 different varieties of traditional chapals were made. He, however, said that it was a hard time for chapal makers and artisans as the common people preferred ready-made footwear.

PTI says ECP was non-cooperative

PTI says ECP was non-cooperative  .

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) counsel Abdul Hafeez Pirzada on Monday alleged that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) remained non-cooperative and did not produce documents which the PTI intended to present as evidence before the judicial commission.A three-member judicial commission investigating rigging allegations in the 2013 general elections presided over the hearing. Presenting his arguments before the commission, Pirzada said that the stamped ballot papers exhibited before the commission point towards wrongdoing.He argued that the ECP left Forms XV in possession of Returning Officers, which is not permissible under the rules. Pirzada also added that barring a few constituencies, Forms XV of the remaining polling stations were incomplete or missing.He pointed out that the number of registered voters in Sindh and Balochistan decreased in 2013 elections compared to 2008 polls.Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk said that it could be possible as ECP verified the voters list and removed bogus entries in this regard.PTI says ECP was non-cooperativeThe PTI counsel pointed out the election process and the polling in Balochistan was marred by broken seals of election bags, zero per cent vote casting and missing Forms XV.The PTI’s response in court today appears to be directed to a statement made by the ECP a day earlier. The poll body had said opposition parties, including the PTI, have failed to provide any evidence regarding “systematic and planned rigging” in the 2013 general elections and declared that the results of the polls were a “true reflection” of the people’s mandate.Take a look: Accusers failed to provide evidence of systematic rigging: ECP“The general elections 2013 were not manipulated or influenced pursuant to a systematic effort or design by anyone. The results of the general elections of 2013 on an overall basis are a true and fair reflection of the mandate given by the electorates,” the ECP had said in a 33-page response submitted to the poll inquiry commission headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk.“The mere possibility of wrongdoing is not even circumstantial evidence of actual wrongdoing,” the ECP had maintained in its response submitted through its counsel Salman Akram Raja. However, it does admit to administrative lapses by election staff.Furthermore, the ECP had previously contended that Forms XV for 60,634 polling stations, of a total of 69,763 polling stations, were available. “The deficiency in the available record of Forms XV may, however, be placed in the context of the fact that Forms XV are nearly all available despite the lapse of two years. No evidence has been produced to suggest that there was any deliberate scheme either to not generate Forms XV on polling day or to remove Forms XV from the record. The fact that some record is not available now does not necessarily imply that it was never generated.”Regarding the unsealed polling bags, the ECP had said: “No evidence has come before the inquiry commission as to whether the polling bags concerned were not sealed by the POs or whether the seals got broken or removed later, possible during transportation and placement in the treasuries”.

The politics of fear

The politics of fear

Any which way you look at it, even if you factor in decapitation, it’s not like the MQM and the PPP will simply dissolve under pressure.But then, if you unpack what is being attempted, at its core it amounts to a re-engineering of the two parties. After all, if the baseline is the elimination or surgical separation of the MQM’s militant wing, would not that cause the party itself to collapse?And if the baseline with the PPP is choking off Asif and Faryal’s epic plunder, would that not fundamentally alter the party set-up in Sindh? Hence, the nuanced question: what’s the endgame here? IE do the boys really know what they’re doing?The glib variation is, why are the MQM and PPP so impervious to disaster?Punjab swaps its mercenaries around; the Peshawar valley has swung MMA, ANP and PTI in three successive elections; hell, even Balochistan mixes up its winning permutation of sardars and tribals from election to electionhttps://www.pakinfos.com/.But no matter what the MQM does to Karachi and Hyderabad and no matter what the PPP does to Sindh, they get voted in — 90pc Karachi, Hyderabad to MQM; 60pc interior Sindh to PPP.It’s manifestly self-defeating — and yet, the vote is real and not significantly coerced. Sure, the MQM pads its seat count through brute force and the PPP has its regressive landowners, but a great deal of the support for both parties is genuine.Perhaps though the nuanced and the glib questions have a common answer: Sindh is about the politics of fear. A double-layered fear, the first of the Mohajirs within Sindh and the second of the Sindhis within the federation. Fear — and look away now if you’re a supporter of either — is perhaps the essence of the MQM and the PPP vote banks.There is no one history of the Mohajir in Sindh. Even between the neighbours Karachi and Hyderabad the trajectories were different and the responses to religious, liberal and nationalist influences varied. But if time can be measured in Sindh — post-Partition Sindh, that is — there is the pre-language riots and the post-language riots of the early 1970s.The language dispute pit the educated, plugged-into-the-state-apparatus, job-holding, middle-class Mohajir against a new, eternal rival: the newly educated, wanting-to-plug-into-the-state-apparatus, white-collar-job-seeking, rising-middle-class Sindhi.Curiously, Altaf’s great contribution was to paper over this rivalry. Altaf’s brand of Mohajir nationalism centred, originally, not on suspicion of Sindhis, but on anti-settlerism, ie anti-Punjab, anti-Pakhtun.But that recalibration couldn’t hide the basic dynamic: the Mohajirs needed a strong, muscular, singular party to protect their jobs, to protect the resources they commanded, to protect their place in the provincial pecking order and to protect the Mohajir’s image of himself.Minus the MQM, there is really no one to prevent a siphoning off of resources from the Mohajir to the Sindhi and the Sindhi potentially squashing the Mohajir. Many a Sindhi would scoff at that possibility, but that’s the thing about fear: it responds to what is imagined, not what is likely.Which is why, much as you can find disquiet within the MQM’s support base at the party’s long slide towards a mafia-esque existence, the supporter remains loyal: the Mohajir needs the MQM more than perhaps the MQM needs the Mohajir.With the Sindhi you can sense a similar contradiction: in the instinctive veneration of the Bhuttos of yore, there is perhaps a deep unease with the PPP of today. But an old logic still applies.The PPP was and is the only vehicle for the Sindhi to be able to press his case at the national level, inside the federation. ZAB was the dream in that he could woo and win in Punjab too, assuring the Sindhi that his interests would never be harmed at the centre.Minus the PPP, the Sindhi is left with the fractious nationalist alternative and a scrabble of useless winners who can barely project power outside their constituencies. Minus the PPP, the Sindhi has no one who can lobby on his behalf and fight for his rights against the dominant Punjab at the centre.Minus the PPP, the Sindhi is vulnerable. And so they keep voting PPP.There is another part to it, to the staticness in Sindh. The PTI missed a trick in Sindh because when the Mohajir showed some interest in the PTI, the PTI didn’t reciprocate. The Mohajir, especially the white-collar, educated, aspirational Mohajir, is a natural fit for the PTI’s urban-centric politics — and the Mohajir need not worry about the PTI aligning with the PPP.But Imran showed little interest in anything outside Punjab and that was that.With the Sindhi, some among its burgeoning middle class wonder why it has not sprouted an alternative to the PPP and the coterie of nationalists and thugs. But they also tend to answer their own question: the dirty little secret of interior Sindh is that the PPP has bought off the middle class too, fattened it to the point of stupor and numbed its instinct for political dissent and organisation.So, there it is. The MQM may be a monstrosity and Zardari’s PPP may be a monstrosity, but both stand on old edifices of fear — the Mohajir’s fear inside Sindh and the Sindhi’s fear inside the federation.Which goes back to the nuanced question: what’s the endgame here? IE do the boys really know what they’re doing

PP 97 By Poll Result PTI Supported Nasir Cheema Wins on Bicycle

PP 97 By Poll Result PTI Supported Nasir Cheema Wins on Bicycle       Gujranwala (Sunday June 21, 2015) Today in Ghakkar Mandi And Qila Didar Singh By election held on 33 polling stations of PP-97 Constituency. Ch. Muhammad Nasir Cheema was contesting on Bicycle election symbol While PMLN candidate was Muhammad Ashraf Wariach. According to latest result announced in 33 P/S Following picture has appeared                                                                Polling Station Wise Result Update

Nasir Cheema Votes – 10057

Ashraf Waraich Votes – 9617

Today Difference of Votes – 440 Votes

In remaining 87 Polling Station Obtained Votes of both candidates were –

Nasir Cheema (Bicycle)  – 17124 Votes

Ashraf Waraich (Tiger) – 16250 Votes

Ghakkar Mandi (News Update Sun, Jun 21, 2015) – Today by election held on 33 polling stations of PP-97 Gujranwala. Contest is between two parties. One is Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Other is Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf. wining.Candidate of PMLN is ashraf Waraich While Candidate of PTI is Nasir Cheema. Polling time has ended and now counting of votes are begin. In 87 Polling Stations PTI supported Nasir Chema is leading securing 17124 Votes While PMLN Ashraf Waraich obtained 16250 Votes.PP 97 By Poll Result PTI Supported Nasir Cheema Wins on Bicycle

Time – Polling Station Name/No.   Nasir Cheema (PTI) Votes  Ashraf Waraich (PMLN) Votes

In 87 Polling Station result Polled on May 11 2013. Votes Obtained by Both Candidates .Total Polling Stations.Thus Nasir Cheema is 874 Votes ahead. PLMN Candidate should get 874 votes extra in 33 polling station of today election.

06:05 PM Polling Station  9 (PTI=496, PMLN=412)

Polling Station # 4 PTI- 152, PMLN=648
Polling Station # 5 PTI -383, PMLN=333
Polling Station # 8 PTI -291, PMLN=322
Polling Station # 17 PTI – PMLN=600
Polling Station # 81 PTI -348, PMLN=329
Polling Station # 82 PTI -107, PMLN=159
Polling Station # 105 PTI -302, PMLN=?
Polling Station # 106 PTI -348, PMLN=339
Polling Station # 110 PTI -273, PMLN=216
Polling Station # 113 PTI -459, PMLN=340

06:25PM Total Result Announced in Polling stations = 10/33
PMLN’ Ashraf Waraich = 2928 (leading)
PTI’s Supported Nasir Cheema = 2083 (Lagging)

06:40PM Total Result Announced in Polling stations = 18/33
PTI’s Supported Nasir Cheema = 4525 (Leading)
PMLN’ Ashraf Waraich = 3740 (lagging)

Final Result

08:15PM Total Result Announced in Polling stations = 33/33
PTI’s Supported Nasir Cheema = 10057 (Winner)
PMLN’ Ashraf Waraich = 9627 (Loser)

Khawaja Saad Rafique has challenged the election polling on NA-125 decision in the Supreme Court

Khawaja Saad Rafique has challenged the election polling on NA-125 decision in the Supreme Court. Earlier the Election Commission of Pakistan de notified Saad Rafique as assembly  Member National in light of the tribunal decision. According to Saad Rafique lawyer the election tribunal did not prove that his client was involved in rigging.  Election of faisalabad tribunal judge Javaid Rashid Mehboobi had declared null and void the results of the general elections 2013 on NA-125 and ordered a re-election on Monday.lawyer the election tribunal did not prove that his client was involved in rigging .From more visit Home page .saad rafaique was ringing the supreme court was the election of the 2013 . Earlier the Election Commission of Pakistan de-notified Saad Rafique as Member National Assembly in light of the tribunals decision. Faisalabad Election tribunal judge Javaid Rashid Mehboobi had declared null and void the results of the 2013 general elections on NA-125 and ordered a re-election on Monday.But the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party led Imran Khan has claimed widespread fraud tainted the poll which made Nawaz Sharif prime minister for a third time.Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal adressing a joint press conference with Pervaiz Rasheed and Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad today said that PML-N has decided to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court.Ahsan Iqbal said the decision was made in the meeting with PM Nawaz after consulting with the legal team.Legal team was of the view that the points on which the tribunal has based its verdict must be contested on legal and constitutional basis he informed.He said there were sufficient grounds to challenge the verdict as the tribunal clearly said there was no irregularity on the part of Khawaja Saad Rafiq. There was also no evidence of any nexus between the candidate and the polling staff for systematic rigging.Rafique’s PTI rival Hamid Khan, who came second in NA-125, had filed a petition against the election result. The tribunal on Monday ruled in favour of Khan and ordered a fresh poll in his constituency.The PTI has waged a national campaign calling for the investigation into allegations of rigging and staged a 126-day sit-in protest in front of parliament last year.The party says results were changed in at least four constituencies — including Rafique’s — through fraud.Pakistan last month formed a nationwide judicial commission under the Supreme Court chief justice to investigate rigging in elections throughout the country.

The commission has asked political parties to provide evidence and is due to start examining witnesses later this week.

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