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LHC orders vote recount in NA-131 Lahore constituency

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday ordered to recount votes in NA-131 Lahore constituency.

Announcing reserved verdict on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Saad Rafique’s plea, the LHC judge Justice Mamoonur Rasheed barred the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from issuing notification of PTI chairman Imran Khan’s success NA-131 Lahore constituency.

The LHC had reserved verdict on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Saad Rafique’s plea to recount votes in NA-131 Lahore constituency.

On the other hand, former Railways Minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique took a jibe at PM-in-waiting Imran Khan over his ‘dual behavior’ pertaining to recount in constituencies.

Talking to media in Lahore, he said: “Imran Khan favors reopening of constituencies in public but his legal team does the opposite in the courts”, regretted Saad Rafique.

Rafique told media persons that he wanted Imran Khan to retain NA-131 seat. “If Imran Khan swears in as country’s premier, he would be de-seat by the election tribunal”, predicted Rafique.

Calling for reopening all constituencies of Pakistan for recounting, Rafique equated General Elections 2018 with ‘selection’.

Previously, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) upheld victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in NA-31 recount.

Votes of Khajawa Saad soared by just 125 in recount whereas those of Khan augmented by just 50, thus resulting in victory of the PTI chairman.

In a major upset on July 25, Khan thrashed PML-N’s strong candidate Khawaja Saad Rafique in NA-131 while clean sweeping four other constituencies.

According to election results, Imran Khan obtained 84,313 votes in a nail-biting contest against Saad Rafique who secured 83,633 votes.

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