Tribunal declares Qasim Suri’s victory from NA-265 as null and void

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Tribunal declares Qasim Suri’s victory from NA-265 as null and void

QUETTA: The Election Tribunal of Balochistan on Friday declared National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri’s election from NA-265 (Quetta) null and void, and ordered reelection in the National Assembly constituency won by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
According to the details garnered, the election tribunal declared the election victory of the NA deputy speaker NA-265 as null and void. The tribunal ordered re-election in the constituency of NA-265.
The election tribunal was headed by Justice Abdullah Baloch. The verdict was announced on the base of National Database & Registration Authority’s (Nadra) report.
It the report, the Nadra identified more than 52,000 votes unverified, however, the election tribunal ruled in the light of the Nadra’s report.
It is pertinent to mention here that Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-Mengal) leader Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani had challenged the victory of Qasim Khan Suri in General Election 2018.
Raisani’s lawyer told the tribunal that a total of 114,000 votes were cast during the polls in NA-265 constituency out of which 65,000 votes were declared unverified or invalid. He alleged that the election was rigged as 65,000 invalid votes could not be verified.
Lashkari Raisani, Mehmood Khan Achakzai of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Hafiz Hamdullah of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, former speaker of the Balochistan Assembly Raheela Durrani and Qasim Khan Suri of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had contested the election from NA-265 in Quetta.
Earlier, Justice Abdullah Baloch has directed the Nadra to submit biometric verification of voters registered in the National Assembly’s constituency number NA-265.
A Nadra representative requested the tribunal for one-month time for submitting the biometric verification report of registered voters. Raisani urged the tribunal to suspend the membership of Qasim Suri until it gave its decision in the mater.
Responding to the Nadra’s request, the tribunal ordered that the biometric verification report must be submitted within one month and adjourned the hearing.

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