Islamabad (May 11, 2017): Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Irfanullah Marwat’s appeal against an election tribunal decision, which has ordered re-election on PS-114 Karachi constituency by declaring Marwat’s victory in 2013’s general elections as null and void.
A three-member bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had reserved its verdict after hearing arguments of both dies.
It is to be mentioned here that Irfan Marwat won provincial assembly seat of Ps-114 Karachi on a PML-N ticket in 2013 general elections. Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Rauf Siddique challenged Marwat’s success before the Election Tribunal alleging rigging and vote fraud.
The Election Tribunal headed by former judge of the Sindh High Court Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan Sherwani had ruled that the election in the constituency was required to be declared void as a whole as “the result of the elections has been materially affected within the ambit of Section 70(b) of the Peoples Representative Act”.
The order came on the election petition of Abdul Rauf Siddiqui, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement candidate who challenged the victory of Mr Marwat who was alleged to have committed massive rigging in the polling.
Mr Siddiqui, represented by Barrister Dr Farogh Naseem, had filed the election petition stating that rigging on the polling day was rampant which was exacerbated by the law and order situation created by the rival candidate and his supporters who had virtually sabotaged the entire electoral process.
On Thursday the reserved judgment was announced by Justice Ejazul Hassan.