KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday suspended the operation of an order of Hyderabad Election Tribunal for verification of thumbprints on votes cast at 139 polling stations of National Assembly constituency, NA-218, Mitiari, which was won by Pakistan Peoples’ Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) lawmaker Makhdoom Amin Fahim.
Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, who headed a division bench, gave this interim order on a petition filed by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, who assailed the order of Hyderabad ET issued on March 28.
The bench also issued notice to provincial election commissioner Sindh, rival candidate Abdul Razak Memon and presiding officer of ET.
Petitioner’s counsel Shazia Hanjrah submitted in court that Makhdoom begged 95843 votes in NA-218 constituency and was declared winner by ECP. She said that his rival candidate Memon accused Makhdoom of carrying out massive rigging and filed an application in ECP seeking verification of thumbprints of voters casted at 139 polling stations of the constituency.
On March 28, ET allowed Memon’s application and ordered verification of thumbprints of voters, she said while arguing that her client was dissatisfied at tribunal’s judgment as it was against the election laws because his rival candidate Memon had failed to place before ET the material to corroborate his allegations against Makhdoom.
She requested the court to declare as illegal the order of ET and suspend the operation of impugned order.
Hearing of case was adjourned till May 15.
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