ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has summoned report from Election Commission of Pakistan on petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for thumb verification on four constituencies till first week of March. The court has summoned Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt for assistance regarding the matter of deployment of federal employees on election duty. Meanwhile Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said that if the rigging was committed in whole then why PTI field petition against rigging in four constituencies. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said the Supreme Court had directed for conducting free, fair and transparent elections but the political parties themselves did not want free, fair and transparent elections.
Three member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani conducted hearing of the plea filed by additional secretary PTI Saifullah Niazi on behalf of Imran Khan. PTI Chairman Imran Khan and other leaders were also present during the hearing in Supreme Court.
Supreme Court has directed the Attorney General to submit a written reply regarding voters’ thumb verification in four constituencies.
During case proceedings, election tribunal’s report over Lahore’s NA-125 and Lodhran’s NA-154 constituency was presented before the court.
The report stated that no witnesses or evidence was presented before the tribunal to prove the rigging claims, thus, thumb verification process remained pending. The report says Hamid khan wanted his own choice report regarding the case. The report says the PTI only pressing for thumb verification from NADRA. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed addressing Hamid Khan said he should have been presented the evidences before the tribunal, adding that if the tribunal thought that the evidences were not sufficient then it should have rejected these evidences.
On the occasion Hamid Khan said the tribunal had not intended to dispose of the matter so he had file plea to shift his before some other tribunal. Hamid Khan said they have approached the Supreme Court so that the rigging could be before the masses.
Hamid khan read out a report of election tribunal in which it was said that the election staff did not reach at some polling stations in country. On summoning court the Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan appeared before the court and informed that it was the effort of commission to depute the provincial and federal employees for election duty, adding that due non provision of employees by federal government the imbalance deployment of election staff was done.
Meanwhile, the apex court directed the Election Commission to submit a report regarding number of federal and provincial employees in the electoral staff. The court has adjourned further hearing till the first week of March.