Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has challenged in the Sindh High Court Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) candidate Abdul Hakeem Baloch’s victory in NA-237 in the by-polls.
PTI’s Ali Zaidi filed the petition through his lawyer Dr. Shahab Imam. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Sindh government have been named as respondents in the petition.
The petition has maintained that the ‘worst kind of rigging’ was done during the by-elections. It also stated that fake votes had been polled by PPP workers, further stating that ECP was also informed about the rigging.
The petition has prayed the court to investigate the claims of rigging the by-election at NA-237.
By-elections were held at eight constituencies of the National Assembly on Sunday including NA-237 as well. PTI’s candidate for seven out of eight seats was Imran Khan who had lost the only seat of NA-237 Malir.
PPP’s candidate Abdul Hakeem secured 32,567 votes while Imran Khan could bag only 22,493 votes from the NA-237.
Imran Khan, demanding a re-election, had alleged the Sindh Election Commissioner of being on the payroll of the provincial government.
However, Election Commission of Pakistan’s provincial commissioner in Sindh Aijaz Anwar Chohan had strongly condemned Imran Khan’s remarks. He had said that better arrangements were ensured for free and fair elections.