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SC nullifies disqualification of PML-N leader Siddique Baloch

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered re-polling in NA-154 Lodhran, restoring the Election Tribunal’s (ET) move as the court aslo turned over the lifetime disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-N) candidate Siddique Baloch.

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Earlier, the apex court on September 29 had suspended the ET’s decision and stoped by-polls in NA-154 Lodhran, which were to be held on October 11.

The bench consisting of three-judges headed by Justice Saqib Nisar had given the decision on the petition submitted by PML-n stalwart Siddique Baloch, challenging his life-disqualification.

The bench had also issued orders the reinstatement of Siddique Baloch’s National Assembly membership.

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The tribunal, in a brief order had declared the academic degree of Siddique Khan Baloch as bogus and rolled out his election from the National Assembly constituency in the 2013 elections ordering re-polling.

Meanwhile, speaking to media, Baloch expressed that whatever move his party takes, he would stand by it whether it means his contesting himself or supporting another candidate form his party for the constituency.

Earlier, Baloch had won the National Assembly seat in the 2013 general elections as an independent candidate and later joined the PML-N, the party which secured the majority of seats in that election.

Later, on the grounds of fake degree and rigging charges, Baloch had been given a lifelong disqualification for violating articles 62 and 63.

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