Election tribunal summons Imran
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.