ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Wednesday said lawyers of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) wanted the verdict of their choice from an election tribunal by dictating its judge.
Speaking in the National Assembly, the minister said a judge of the election tribunal in Lahore had refused to hear the case of a PTI leader as his lawyers had used abusive language against him.
Saad Rafique alleged that the PTI was creating hurdles for the election tribunal and demanded verification of voters’ thumb impressions of the constituencies won by PTI chief Imran Khan, Shafqat Mahmood, Pervaiz Khattak and Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.
He questioned that if the PTI leaders did not want mid-term elections then why were they holding sit-ins at every nook and corner of the country.
Saad Rafique said the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had verified the results of six constituencies, four of which were won by the Pakistan People’s Party, one by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and one by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
According to NADRA, in these constituencies 60 to 70 per cent voters’ thumb impressions were not matched, which was not possible, he added.
The minister asked the opposition parties to come forward and help the government to devise a common mechanism to deal with the issue.