ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Hamid Khan has expressed his inability to bear the expenses of verification/checking of counterfoils in NA-125 constituency.

Incumbent Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique had won the general election 2013 from this constituency.

Hamid Khan on Monday filed an application in the apex court requesting it to recall its January 26 order to the extent of expenses being borne by him. He pleaded that the Election Commission of Pakistan should be ordered to bear the expenses of verification of votes in NA-125. Rs10 is the cost of the verification of one vote.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, hearing the minister’s appeal against an election tribunal’s decision on January 26, had directed the National Database & Registration Authority for thumbprints verification of all 265 polling stations subject to the payment by respondent No-1 (Hamid Khan), who was the runner up candidate in last general elections. The Nadra was also directed to submit report within three months.

Hamid Khan says in his application that during the pendency of election petition before tribunal, the expenses for the checking/inspection of all bags of 265 polling stations were borne by him.

Later, selected bags were sent to forensic science laboratory and then to Nadra which were also checked on the expenses of Hamid Khan.

It is further submitted that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has miserably failed to hold elections in NA-125 and now the applicant cannot be held responsible for the illegal acts, omissions and failure on the part of commission and its officials.

The application further states that when bags of 10 polling stations were checked by the tribunal itself the counterfoils were not found in most of the cases, which is sufficient to establish what happened on the election day and thereafter in the RO office.

Hamid says all the expenses for the verification of whole record of 265 polling stations of NA-125 were already borne by him and any new expenses are required to be borne by the ECP for its own failure.