ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has received ‘an inch higher ground’ almost after 18 months over his former political colleague Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in election rigging claim.
Lahore High Court (LHC) decides on Thursday to cancel a plea filed by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to withdraw an election fraud appeal in NA-122 Lahore. The decision came from the one member bench comprised of Justice Ijazul Hassan who declared the petition as non-maintainable.
The petition was seeking cancellation of the proceedings of the election tribunal hearing Imran Khan’s election petition against election of Ayaz Sadiq from the National Assembly constituency NA-122. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in his petition pleaded that rival candidate Imran Khan didn’t fulfill the legal requirements and had requested cancellation of the proceedings of the election tribunal.
The counsel of Imran Khan argued that the high court could not issue orders over the proceedings of election tribunal.
The bench declared the petition non-maintainable and stated that in the light of a decision of the full bench of the court, high court could not hear cases against decision of an election tribunal and advised the petitioner to take the matter to the election commission.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq – present Speaker of National Assembly – was a college fellow of Imran Khan as both studied at Aitchison College Lahore. He was also the pioneer member of PTI and remained associated with the party till 1998. However, Ayaz joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in 2001 and won the elections on NA-122 on its ticket.