Elec­tion tri­bunal sum­mons Im­ran

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The elec­tion tri­bunal on Satur­day is­sued sum­mons for Pak­istan Tehreek-iIn­saf Chair­man Im­ran Khan, call­ing for the party chief to ap­pear be­fore it on De­cem­ber 6. Im­ran has been sum­moned to sub­mit ev­i­dence in relation to al­leged rig­ging in NA-122, the con­stituency from which Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq was elected in the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion.

Tri­bunal mem­ber Kazim Ali Ma­lik is­sued the di­rec­tive as 41 polling agents ap­peared be­fore him. Out of th­ese, eight had their state­ments recorded re­gard­ing al­le­ga­tions of rig­ging in NA-122. Sadiq had de­feated Im­ran, fol­low­ing which the PTI chief had chal­lenged the elec­tion re­sult be­fore the tri­bunal, ask­ing for a re­count of the votes cast in the con­stituency.

The tri­bunal more­over dis­missed two pleas filed by Sadiq — one say­ing that the at­tes­ta­tion in relation to the du­ties of PTI’s polling agents was bo­gus and the other which re­quested for the im­me­di­ate sum­mon­ing of Im­ran for cross-ex­am­i­na­tion. In relation to the polling agents’ at­tes­ta­tion, the tri­bunal said the mat­ter was an ad­min­is­tra­tive one and should be dealt with the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties. The tri­bunal said it could not pass a rul­ing on the sub­ject.

More­over, Im­ran, through

his coun­sel, had ar­gued that the plea taken by Sadiq was base­less and did not per­tain to the mer­its of the case.

Re­gard­ing the call to sum­mon Im­ran im­me­di­ately, the tri­bunal is­sued sum­mons for the PTI chair­man for Dec 6, say­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion can be done on that day.

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