The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered halting re-polling in the National Assembly constituency NA-75 Daska scheduled for April 10.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that the decision of the Election Commission for polling is upheld but the decision to hold it on April 10 is being postponed.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had ordered re-polling in the constituency after violence, exchanges of fire during polling between the PTI and the PML-N workers and alleged disappearance of polling staff firing.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by PTI candidate Asjad Ali Malhi who challenged the ECP’s Feb 25 decision to hold by-election afresh.

Salman Akram Raja, the counsel for PML-N candidate Nosheen Iftikhar argued that there are 76 polling stations in Daska city, complaints were received from 34 polling stations.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that it was also stated that polling at 10 polling stations was suspended for a long time. The question is who and why was causing hinderances on the day of polling.

The apex court adjourned proceedings for an indefinite period.


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