If, SC suspends Election Tribunal’s verdict, I will remain speaker: Ayaz Sadiq

ISLAMABAD: Former speaker of National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Monday said that he would challenge the Election Tribunal’s verdict in the Supreme Court on Tuesday because he had some reservations over it.

Talking to a news channel he said, if Supreme Court suspended Election Tribunal’s verdict on NA-122 then he would remain Speaker of National Assembly.

He said, “Although I respect and accept the tribunal’s decision, but, I do not agree with it. That is why we will challenge the judgment which declared the election in NA-122 void because of failures of the election or administrative machinery.”

He said the decision of re-polling in his constituency was unjustified because the tribunal had not accused him of committing rigging. I was not made responsible for any rigging. The verdict seemed to be based on technical grounds, he added.

In reply to a question, he said the Tribunal had made no reference to rigging in its order.

He expressed disappointment over the decision, terming it an unnecessary punishment to me on the basis of irregularities committed, according to the Tribunal’s verdict by Election Commission (EC), Nadra and the administration.

He further said, the PML-N did not believe in the politics of rigging or hatred. “We have never adopted such tactics in the past and will always refrain from such things,” he said.

To another question about resignations of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) parlimentarians he said, “the decisions about resignations were taken in accordance with the law and constitution and I took guidance from the judgements of Supreme Court and High Courts.”