LAHORE - An election tribunal on Tuesday ordered National Database & Registration Authority to verify votes of NA-128 and PP-160, the constituencies from where Malik Afzal Khokhar and Saiful Malook Khokhar of PML-N were elected as MNA and MPA respectively.

Tribunal Judge Kazim Ali Malik passed the order while petitions moved by Karamat Ali Khokhar and Zaheer Abbas Khokar of PTI. Karamat Ali Khokhar contested election on NA seat but he lost while Zaheer Abbas also could not win the seat of PP-160.

Both the petitioners filed the petitions before the election tribunal saying that that the election was rigged and the mandate of the people was stolen. They also pleaded the judge to order re-election in both the constituencies and hold inspection of the record through Nadra. Both the petitioners had already paid for the expenses of inspection.

After hearing the arguments of petitioners’ counsels, the judges ordered Nadra for voters’ thumb impression and submit report within one month period.

Reply sought from Centre in plea against Haj policy

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought reply from the federal government in a petition challenging Haj policy 2015.

Advocate Azhar Siddique filed the petition saying that the federal government had introduced Hajj policy 2015 but it did not both to make that policy in accordance with the judgments of the SC.

The petitioner said that Hajj had been made a business and totally unaffordable. A hajj by the government was against Rs 100,000 and privately it was against 15,00,000, he submitted.

He prayed to the court to set aside the new Hajj policy with directions to make an affordable Hajj policy, so every Muslim could offer it.  

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Ayesha A Malik of the LHC sought reply from the federal ministry of religious affairs and adjourned further hearing until May 19.