Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has suspended Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict of vote recount in an important constituency NA-131.
During the proceeding on the appeal of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan against the decision, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said that there is no need of any recounting in the constituency.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that hearing such issue comes under jurisdiction of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Earlier, LHC had ordered recounting of the votes in entire NA-131 constituency on the plea of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique, who said that hurdles are being created in the recounting process despite court verdict.
On July 25, Khan obtained 84,313 votes in a nail-biting contest against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) strong candidate Khawaja Saad Rafique who secured 83,633 votes in NA-131.
Accepting the plea of PML-N leader, recount in the constituency was held however, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) upheld PTI chief’s victory as votes of Saad soared by just 125 whereas those of Khan augmented by just 50 after the recount.
Later, former railway minister approached LHC who barred ECP from issuing notification of PTI chairman Imran Khan’s success and ordered recount in the entire constituency.