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PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat claims approaching SC against Feb 8 poll result

Judicial commission should consolidate the election results across the country, plea states

By Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui
February 23, 2024
PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat is seen speaking in this still taken from a video. — Facebook/Sher Afzal Marwat
PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat is seen speaking in this still taken from a video. — Facebook/Sher Afzal Marwat

ISLAMABAD: Sher Afzal Marwat, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, claimed he has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, challenging the results of the February 8 general elections under Article 184/3 of the Constitution, citing alleged "rigging".

The sources within the SC Registrar's Office, however, told Geo News the court is yet to receive the plea.

Marwat said: "I have filed a petition against the elections."

In the petition, filed by himself, the politician requested the SC to order the formation of a judicial commission to inquire into the allegations of rigging in the elections.

The judicial commission should consolidate the election results across the country, including Rawalpindi.

In his plea, the politician also challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) committee formed to probe the allegations levelled by former Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha as well as the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja and members of the electoral authority.

"The appointment of the chief election commissioner and members should be annulled. All Form-47s of the National and provincial assemblies should be annulled," Marwat requested in his petition.

The formation of federal and provincial governments should be stopped, Marwat's constitutional petition read, adding that the governments should be restrained from issuing any orders.

This is not the first time someone has filed a petition against the results of the February 8 polls in the Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the apex court disposed of a petition seeking re-election and annulment of the polls and imposed a fine of Rs500,000 on the petitioner over his failure to appear before the court.

A three-member SC bench — led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, comprising Justice Musarrat Hilali and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar — conducted the hearing on Brigadier (retd) Ali Khan's petition.

Several political parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and others have expressed dissatisfaction over the transparency of the general elections.

Doubts over the polls were further exacerbated by the revelations made by now-former Rawalpindi Division commissioner Liaqat Chatha, who on Saturday, tendered his resignation out of "guilty conscience" for abetting large-scale electoral rigging in the garrison city further raising the political mercury in the country.