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Pervaiz Rashid refutes hurling any threats against Justice Malik.

ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid has refuted the allegation of hurling any threats against Justice (retd) Kazim Ali Malik, head of the election tribunal which had deseated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq from NA-122.

It was me who has rather been threatened of dire consequences by Justice Malik, he said while talking to a TV channel.

Pervaiz Rashid said he stood by his reaction regarding the judgment on NA-122 in which Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was punished for the irregularities committed by the officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

He said his reaction was on record that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) respected the tribunal's verdict ordering repolling in NA 122 but it had reservations.

I do not agree with the verdict as it is a biased one.

I stand by my earlier comments, he added.

He said Justice Malik, in his verdict, mentioned irregularities committed by the ECP officials, but he punished Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while sparing his rival Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and his party's MPA for the constituency falling under NA-122 which was injustice.

Punishing Ayaz Sadiq and the PML-N MPA for no fault of theirs was the main reason that he termed the verdict biased, he added.

Moreover, he said, the tribunal did not mention any crime or irregularity committed by Ayaz Sadiq but he was imposed Rs 2 million fine. Thousands of NA-122 voters had been punished for the irregularities committed by the polling staff, he added.

Responding to a question, he said talks were held with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement for addressing their reservations. It was the government's responsibility to sort out issues of any individual or a party and it was doing the same in this case as well, he added.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 27, 2015
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