Plea filed in SC Lahore Registry, seeking probe into poll rigging

LAHORE: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court (SC) Lahore Registry on Tuesday seeking an investigation into the alleged rigging in the recently held general elections in the country.

A citizen Mian Shabbir Ismail has filed the petition through his counsel.

The petitioner has made the federal government, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the chief secretaries of the four provinces respondents in the petition. The applicant requested the apex court to clear the dust regarding rigging allegations and reveal the facts.

It may be mentioned here that a similar kind of petition was first submitted at the apex court in Islamabad. Even though the mover seeking annulment of the general elections due to complaints of rigging, withdrew his petition on Monday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa insisted he would still hear the case.

“Bring the petitioner back. Dial the cellphone number he has given on his application. We will hear the plea,” the CJP ordered the SHO of the concerned police station after the petitioner did not show up in court.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by the CJP, and comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Musarrat Halali, was hearing the petition filed by a retired brigadier, Ali Khan.

Calling withdrawal of the petition a ‘joke’, CJP Isa remarked that he would not allow this to happen again. “Do these people file petitions just for the sake of publicity,” he said.

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