SHC dismisses plea of Mahar against election tribunal

KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Friday threw out the petition of a Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) lawmaker against Sukkur election tribunal’s order for verification of thumb impressions of votes polled in the NA-200 Ghotki constituency.

The petition against the order of Sukkur tribunal, headed by former sessions judge Zaheer Ahmed Leghari, was filed by PPP MNA Ali Gohar Khan Mahar who had pleaded the court to suspend the tribunal’s order.

A full bench of SHC headed by Justice Muneeb Akhtar dismissed Mahar’s petition after hearing arguments from the counsel of the petitioner and respondents including the rival candidate, Khalid Khan Lund.

Mahar was declared a winner by securing 86,579 votes in the election to the National Assembly seat (NA-200) in Ghotki. However, the rival candidate, who had bagged 76,615 votes, moved the election tribunal through an election appeal challenging the election results.

Mahar’s lawyer, Haider Waheed, had submitted that the election tribunal had ordered NADRA to verify thumb impressions on the votes cast at 59 polling stations of the constituency on an appeal filed by the losing candidate, Khalid Ahmed Lund.

He argued that the election tribunal had passed the order without taking into consideration the fact that Lund’s appeal for voters’ thumb impression verification was based on malafide intentions.

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