The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) failed to down ‘fourth wicket’ of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after the Supreme Court on Thursday disposed of a petition seeking reelection in Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s constituency, NA-110 (Sialkot).
Khawaja Asif had won the seat in 2013 general elections; however, PTI runner-up Usman Dar had moved the apex court challenging the results. Asif had secured 92,803 votes against 71,525 votes of Dar.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali had taken up his application, directing Nadra to verify counterfoils and thumb impressions on votes cast in NA-110. The bench issued its brief ruling today and disposed of Dar’s appeal, so the petition ruled out. At least 197 voting bags were handed over to NADRA by the returning officer (RO) in the presence of additional session judge Khan Mehmood for further investigation.
The NA-110 (Sialkot) constituency was one of the four constituencies for which the PTI had sought vote audit and re-election through election petitions. The other constituencies were NA-125 (Lahore), NA-122 (Lahore), and NA-154 (Lodhran).
PTI Chairman Imran Khan was so confident about fall of this ‘fourth wicket’, but the adverse ruling is shocking for him and his party. PTI showing good political attitude has admitted the court’s ruling.
“I am humbled…Alhamdolillah.I have no words to thank Almighty.. Supreme Court has endorsed the will of people of Sialkot,” Khawaja reacted on Twitter.