LAHORE - Lahore High Court postponed the hearing of a petition challenging before an Election Tribunal on an appeal filed by PTI Chairman Imran Khan seeking recounting of votes in NA-122, Lahore here on Monday.

As the proceedings started, counsel of Imran Khan sought a week time to file reply to the petition. The judge, however, rejected his plea and directed the counsel to advance his conclusive arguments on Tuesday (today).

National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had filed the petition and submitted that all documents including affidavits presented by Imran Khan were not original and were photocopies. He said that Election Tribunal could not hold proceedings unless original documents were submitted.

Imran Khan had lost the election from NA-122 to Ayaz Sadiq and approached the Election Tribunal for recounting of votes.

APML LEADER’S BAIL DISMISSED

The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed bail of Bilal Gondal, a local leader of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Sialkot, allegedly involved in killing of eight people of a family.

Bilal Gondal, through his counsel told the judge that he had nothing to do with the murder of any person and he was implicated in the cases on political basis.

The accused petitioner said that he was innocent and his bail application kindly be accepted. However, the complainant’s counsel opposed his arguments stating that he killed eight members of a family including an eight-month-old girl.

He told the court that the suspect was also involved in dozens of criminal cases including kidnapping for ransom and murders as he had hired tribal men to start his criminal activities.

After hearing both parties arguments, Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar dismissed the bail petition.

Later, private security guards of Gondal offered resistance when personnel of Sialkot police tried to arrest the suspect. However, police took him into their custody and LHC security summoned Mozang police who also arrested the guards.