Victory notification of PTI’s Faisal Vawda withheld on court orders

KARACHI: Following a petition filed by PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, the Sindh High Court on Tuesday ordered to stop issuance of a victory notification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda in NA-249.

Shahbaz Sharif had challenged the results of NA-249 Karachi constituency in the court following which it issued notices to respondents including the Election Commission of Pakistan and sought replies by August 10.

The court has now ordered the ECP to halt issuing the notification declaring Vawda as winner.

Faisal Vawda won against Shahbaz from the constituency getting 35,344 votes while the PML-N leader bagged 34,626 votes.

In his petition filed on Tuesday, the former chief minister Punjab requested for a vote recount in the constituency where he lost to PTI’s Faisal Vawda.

“There were massive irregularities and a vote recount should be ordered in the constituency,” the petition stated.

The PML-N president stated that Faisal Vawda only won from NA-249 owing to irregularities in the vote count process. Shahbaz had also requested the ECP couple of days ago to conduct a recount in NA-249.

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