PESHAWAR, 26 August: An Election Tribunal declared on Wednesday election on National Assembly seat, NA-154, as null and void, ordering fresh poll on the seat.

Siddique Baloch, an independent candidate, had defeated Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI)’s Jahangir Tareen on this seat in general elections of May 11, 2013. Baloch later joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Tareen had filed an election petition against the winning candidate, challenging his degree and accusing him of rigging. The tribunal reserved its verdict in the case on August 20 which it announced on Wednesday. The tribunal also imposed life-time ban on Siddique Baloch after his degree proved fake.

Earlier, a large number of PTI and PML-N workers gathered outside the tribunal. However, heavy police contingents were deployed to avert any untoward situation. The verdict triggered happiness among the PTI workers, anxiously awaiting the judgment outside the office of the tribunal.

It merits a mention here that election tribunals have also declared fresh election on NA-122 and NA-125 which were won by Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq and National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the last general elections, respectively. Saad Rafiq, however, challenged the tribunal verdict before the Supreme Court which stayed the order of the tribunal. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has also decided to challenge the tribunal judgment before the apex court.

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