ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Saad Rafique, the Railways Minister who was unseated by an election tribunal Tuesday, is likely to be made advisor to Prime Minister on Railways, says a report.
A private news channel quoting sources said, senior leaders of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has suggested to the party leadership to appoint Saad Rafique as PM’s advisor for Railways ministry. However, sources said, a final decision in this regard will be taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif .
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday revoked the assembly membership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Khawaja Saad Rafiqu after an election tribunal de-seated him on the basis of irregularities in NA-125 constituency during the 2013 general elections.
The ECP said in its notification that after the election tribunal’s decision, the railways minister’s membership should be deemed revoked from May 4.
On the other hand, Rafique has challenged the election tribunal’s decision of re-polling on NA-125 in the Supreme Court.
His appeal was filed on his behalf by his lawyer and calls on the Supreme Court to issue a stay order. According to Saad Rafique’s lawyer the election tribunal did not prove that his client was involved in rigging.
Saad Rafique lost his seat over alleged irregularities in the 2013 general election.
He won the NA-125 seat in Lahore with a majority of nearly 40,000 as PML-N swept to a landslide victory in May 2013. Rafique's PTI rival Hamid Khan, who came second in NA-125, had filed a petition against the election result. The tribunal on May 04, 2015 ruled in favour of Khan and ordered a fresh poll in his constituency.