SHC dismisses petition of MQM candidate

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday dismissed the petition of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) candidate challenging National Database Registration Authority’s (Nadra) on the verification of votes cast in National Assembly constituency (NA-256).

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar dismissed the petition filed by MQM lawmaker Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, after he withdrew the petition.

The petitioner submitted in petition that Nadra report failed to verify over 57,000 out of the 84,784 sent for verification by the election tribunal. He submitted that Nadra report said its system could not verify the fingerprints due to poor quality of ink, but an impression was created that bogus votes were cast.

He prayed to the court to declare as illegal the report of Nadra on over 57,000 votes.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s Zubair Khan had challenged the election result of NA-256, which was won by MQM’s Iqbal by obtaining 151,788 votes out of the total 251,399 votes cast. The PTI candidate could secure 69,092 votes.

The election tribunal had ordered Nadra to verify thumb impressions on over 84,000 votes. The report revealed that 57,642 votes could not be verified by the automated fingerprint identification system software, which can accurately match fingerprints and verify their authenticity.

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