ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Monday suspended an election tribunal’s decision to unseat Railways Minister Saad Rafique over alleged irregularities in the 2013 general election.
A three-member bench of Supreme Court, headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, took up an appeal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Saad Rafique who had challenged the tribunal’s decision.
After hearing the minister’s petition, the court suspended the tribunal’s decision for four weeks and barred the election tribunal from holding by-election in NA-125 constituency of Lahore, the seat won by Saad Rafique in May 2013.
The bench issued notices to Secretary Election Commission and relevant Returning Officers (ROs), and sought from the tribunal record of election in NA-125, before adjourning the case for four weeks.
The bench also issued notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Hamid Khan who came second in NA-125, and later filed a petition against the election result.
In its ruling, the SC bench also suspended election tribunal’s verdict to hold reelection in Punjab Assembly constituency PP-155 that was won by PML-N’s Mian Naseer.
Last week, an election tribunal in Lahore ruled in favour of Hamid Khan by unseating the PML-N leader and ordering fresh poll in his constituency as well as PP-155.
“What’s true and what’s false will reveal soon, we will fight this case on merit,” the PML-N leader said while speaking to reporters outside Supreme Court following the decision.