Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to 2024 Elections, Fines Petitioner for Publicity Stunt

Wed Feb 21 2024
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed a petition today seeking to nullify the results of the 2024 general elections, deeming it a “publicity stunt” and imposing a fine on the petitioner.

Retired Brigadier Ali Khan’s petition, alleging electoral rigging and demanding re-elections, was heard by a three-member bench led by Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa. Despite receiving legal notices, Khan failed to appear in court, claiming to be abroad with travel documents attached.

However, Chief Justice Isa expressed doubts about Khan’s actions, citing the one-way ticket and lack of return documentation as unusual. The court ultimately dismissed the petition, terming it a “publicity stunt” designed to attract attention rather than pursue a genuine legal challenge.

Furthermore, Khan was fined Rs 0.5 million for non-appearance and potential misuse of the legal system. This decision upholds the results of the 2024 general elections, solidifying the current political landscape. It also reinforces the court’s stance against frivolous petitions and misuse of the judicial system.

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