Top court quashes election tribunal’s decision in NA-125 rigging case

Khawaja Saad Rafique (R) shares a light movement with former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira (L) on March 22, 2013. Photo: AFP

The Supreme Court rejected on Thursday the decision of an election tribunal in favour of PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique.


Rafique, the former railways minister, was elected MNA on Lahore’s NA-125 seat after bagging 123,416 votes. PTI’s Hamid Khan, who secured 84,495 votes, had challenged Rafique’s victory, saying that the election had been ‘rigged’. An election tribunal had ordered re-election in the constituency.

Rafique challenged the tribunal’s verdict in the Supreme Court. On Thursday, the top court rejected the tribunal’s decision and upheld Rafique’s appeal.

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