COURT: (SC orders re-verification of votes in NA-125)

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered re-verification of votes in NA-125, where ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Khawaja Saad Rafique defeated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Hamid Khan in last general election.

Issuing verdict on the petition filed by counsel of the PTI leader, the apex court ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to dispatch all counter files to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for re-verification of votes.

The court also sought a report pertaining to re-verification in three months. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, the Supreme Court judge who was hearing the case, said that the re-verification of votes would satisfy each party.

Another PTI leader Naeem ul Haq welcomed the apex court’s verdict, saying the party is satisfied with the verdict.

“Eventually re-elections would take place in NA-122 and NA-125 and PTI candidates would win both the seats,” he predicted.

Meanwhile, talking to media, Khawaja Saad Rafique said that he has no objections over re-verification of votes, however, he added that there is no ‘legal base’ for re-verification.

He said that substandard magnetic ink was used in May 11, 2013 elections. He questioned if re-verification of votes were possible after three years.

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