Ayaz approaches SC against NA-122 case verdict
LAHORE – Former National Assembly’s Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has approached the Supreme Court against NA-122 case verdict which de-seated him as a speaker and member of National Assembly.
In an appeal filed at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry through Counsel Khawaja Saeed uz Zafar, he said that election tribunal’s impugned order was against facts and relevant laws. He said that the tribunal failed to decide the issue of maintainability of Imran Khan’s election petition even after recording evidence despite his interim orders in this regard.
He said that the tribunal also failed to note that the election petition was not verified as mandated in Section 55 of Representation of Peoples Act (ROPA) 1976 and thus deserved to be dismissed under section 63 of the ROPA. He further said that the tribunal found no evidence of corruption or illegal practices but despite it, the tribunal did not hold that no case had been made out.
“The tribunal noted that a number of (alleged) procedural lapses on the part of polling staff but did not even attempt to determine how such lapses materially affected the election result. The tribunal could not therefore, declare the election to be void as a whole in terms of section 70 (1) of ROPA 1976,” he said.
Ayaz Sadiq submitted that the impugned order was based on misreading and non-reading of relevant evidence, incorrect appreciation of the local commission report as well as NADRA reports and the law applicable in this regard. He pleaded the court to set aside the verdict and dismiss Imran Khan’s election petition with costs.