ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has suspended the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict to re-tabulate results of NA-131 constituency, as the apex court accepted PTI chief Imran Khan’s petition against the ruling for hearing.

Pakistan Muslim League (NAwaz) leader and ex railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique had petitioned for a recount in the closely competed (neck to neck )NA-131 Lahore-9 constituency, from where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and designated prime minister Imran Khan emerged victorious.

Following his loss, Saad Rafique contended that the presiding officer deliberately rejected hundreds of votes.

Securing a total of 84,313 votes in the constituency, Imran had defeated Rafique by 680 ballots.

The PML( N) aide had then requested the constituency’s returning officer (RO) to conduct a recount of the rejected votes. Following the re-tabulation, Imran’s margin of victory had reduced to 608 votes.