ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Wednesday restored the membership of PPP candidate Nawab Ali Wassan, who had won general election from NA-215 Khairpur. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk hearing the election matter suspended the election tribunal decision and restored the membership of Wassan. The bench also directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to suspend the notification of PML-N Ghous Ali Shah's victory. Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, representing Nawab Wassan, argued the ECP had declared his client successful in general elections 2013, but Ghous Ali Shah had challenged his victory in the Election Tribunal.

The case was adjourned till second week of January.

An election tribunal on December 9 had declared PML-N candidate Ghous winner from NA-215 and overturned the election of PPP candidate Nawab Ali Wassan.

Headed by former Sindh High Court judge Zafar Ahmed Khan Sherwani passed the order while allowing the election petition filed by Ghous Ali Shah against Wassan victory.

Shah had contested last year's general election on a PML-N ticket, but lost it to Wassan.

He, however, challenged the election results, alleging that the returned candidate had committed illegal practices such as harassing his voters, wrongfully confining the polling staff, snatched and stuffed ballot boxes with bogus votes, which was verified by NADRA.

He claimed that the report of NADRA also supported the allegations of mass rigging as out of 174,645 counterfoils bearing the thumb impressions of the purported voters only 47,291 could be authenticated as belonging to genuine voters.