PTI leader Usman Dar gets a blow from LHC
LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) has rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar’s plea demanding vote recount in NA-73.
While announcing the decision, the court upheld Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif’s victory in the constituency.
Earlier, LHC had restrained the ECP from issuing victory notification of former foreign minister Khawaja Asif in NA-73 Sialkot constituency.
Dar, in his petition submitted through Advocate Anees Hashmi and Advocate Tajamul Gondal, had challenged the victory of Asif pleading that the returning officer did not provide Form-45 to the polling agents.
The PTI leader maintained that as many as 7,346 votes were dismissed in his constituency and he lost to the PML-N leader by a margin of 1,406 votes.
On the other hand, Supreme Court (SC) suspended vote recount order of LHC in an important constituency NA-131 over the appeal of PTI chief Imran Khan. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said that there is no need of any recounting in the constituency.