PESHAWAR, 29 October: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered re-election in NA-154, Lodhran.
The court also allowed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Siddique Baloch to contest the election, setting aside the Election Tribunal’s earlier ruling which disqualified him for life.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the appeal of Mr Baloch. Declaring the election as void, the court directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold fresh election in the said constituency.
Earlier, the Election Tribunal had given a verdict in favour of Jahangir Tareen of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) over alleged rigging in NA-154 during the 2013 general election. The tribunal had de-seated Mr Baloch and ordered re-election in the constituency.
The PML-N leader said after the court verdict that he will contest the election again if the party wished so.
On the other hand, Mr Tareen claimed he would give a thrashing defeat to the PML-N in the by-election in NA-154.
— Compiled from media reports