ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Election Tribunal’s verdict to hold a by-election in NA-154 Lodhran-I but lifted the life-time ban on PML-N’s Siddique Baloch.
Baloch had challenged the election tribunal’s verdict which de-seated him from NA-154, Lodhran-I and imposed a life-time ban in response to a complaint filed by his rival candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Jahangir Khan Tareen.
Earlier, the apex court had suspended the election tribunal’s decision on September 29 halting the NA-154 by-election which was scheduled for October 11.
The Court had also re-instated Baloch’s membership of the National Assembly and issued notices to parties to the case. After hearing arguments of the counsel for Baloch and Tareen, a three-member bench led by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced a short order in the matter.
Later, Baloch told media persons that he had exercised his right of appeal and challenged the election tribunal’s verdict and reiterated that his educational degrees were found to be genuine, accusing Jahangir Tareen of levelling baseless allegations against him.
Tareen told media persons that the PTI would face the ruling party in the people’s court, adding that he was confident of defeating the PML-N candidate in the upcoming by-election.