Lahore - PTI chief Imran Khan on Thursday evening threw down the gauntlet to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, challenging him to an old fashioned election-duel, a news website reported.
On Wednesday, the election tribunal had ruled in favour of the PTI, ordering repolls in NA-154, completing a ‘hat-trick’ of tribunal verdicts in favour of the Imran-led party, following similar verdicts in NA-125 and NA-122, with the latter two seats belonging to Railways Minister Saad Rafique and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, respectively. On Thursday, the PML-N decided against challenging the tribunal verdicts, opting instead to contest the re-polls. Imran, capitalizing on the move, challenged the prime minister to quit his seat, and contest the re-polls in NA-122, to prove whether the PML-N had rigged the elections.
Imran Khan is already a member of the National Assembly. He had contested the 2013 elections from four seats: NA-1 Peshawar, NA-122 Lahore, NA-56 Rawalpindi and NA-71 Mianwali. He had won three of those seats – including NA-1, NA-56 and NA-71, but opted to retain only NA-56.