SC issues notices to respondents over Balochistan assembly election matter

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SC issues notices to respondents over Balochistan assembly election matter

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court issued notices to the Election Tribunal and other respondents over a Balochistan provincial assembly election matter regarding alleged theft of 23 ballot boxes in PB-43 (Panjgur-II) constituency.

A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case.

The counsel for the petitioner said that Balochistan Awami Party's Lala Rasheed had won the 2018 general election from PB-43 with a margin of 1,330 votes while some 23 boxes containing around 2,400 ballot papers were allegedly stolen by him.

He alleged that the winning candidate had used the stolen ballot papers as bogus votes.

The counsel for Lala Rasheed said there was no evidence that the stolen ballot papers were used.

The chief justice remarked that there would be some reasons for stealing the ballot papers. Stealing belt papers was extremely wrong, he added.

Later the court issued notices, sought record from the respondents and adjourned the case till after summer vacation.

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