ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave four-week time to PTI leader to deposit money for the verification of thumb impression on ballot papers of NA-125 otherwise it would recall its 26th January order.

The court said if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Hamid Khan fails to deposit money, then it would recall its earlier order and decide the matter on the basis of the appeal.

The court on 26-01-16 had ordered NADRA to verify thumb impression on the counterfoil and submit report in eight weeks. It said after the NADRA report it will pass an appropriate order. It had said that the PTI candidate will bear expenses of verification of thumb impression.

However, on February 15 Hamid Khan filed an application in the Supreme Court expressing inability to bear the expenses of verification/checking of counterfoils of constituency NA-125. It requested the court to recall its January 26 order to the extent of expenses being borne by him.

PTI candidate Hamid Khan, who was the runner up in the general election of May 2013, had challenged the victory of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz central leader Khawaja Saad Rafiq. The Election Tribunal had given verdict against the incumbent Railways Minister Kh Saad.

Hamid Khan appearing in person informed the court that it was not possible for him to bear the cost as the Election Commission of Pakistan had asked him to deposit Rs 200,000 for transportation of the ballot papers to Islamabad, while NADRA demanding Rs10 for verification per ballot paper, which cost run in millions of rupees. Around 220,000 votes were polled in NA-125.

He pleaded the Election Commission of Pakistan should bear the expenses of verification of voters of NA-125.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who was heading a three-member bench, remarked then they would recall its 26-01-16 order if he fails to deposit the amount. He further said that they had passed the order in his presence, therefore, he should not have objection on the order.

The bench was hearing the appeal of Kh Saad Rafiq against the Election Tribunal judgment. The tribunal had declared the result of NA-125 null and void and ordered for re-election.

Saad’s counsel Khawaja Harris told The Nation that the PTI leaders in a press conferences and the public meeting say the courts are not deciding their cases, but in fact they use delaying tactics to prolong the cases.

The railways minister secured 123,416 votes while Hamid Khan obtained 84,494 in the general elections 2013, and the difference between Kh Saad and PTI leader is 38,921.