Election Tribunals Disqualify Former PM Abbasi, Sindh PPP President Khuhro, PTI Spokesperson Fawad

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JUN 27, 2018: The Election Tribunal has rejected nomination papers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh President Nisar Khuhro for concealing 166 acres of land, and not declaring a wife and daughter.

The nomination papers of Khuhro were rejected from PS-11 Larkana 2 for forging and concealing information.

Khurhro, in his nomination papers, had declared two wives instead of three and four children. The PPP Sindh president was disqualified for contesting elections for concealing 166 acres of land, a wife and a daughter.

Meanwhile, Nisar Khuhro has said that he would appeal against ET’s verdict as he did not hide anything in the nomination papers.

Imran Khan cleared for NA-53, Abbasi’s candidature for NA-57 rejected

An election tribunal allowed on Wednesday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to contest election from Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency, while another has barred former Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from contesting polls from Murree’s NA-57 constituency — his hometown.

An appellant tribunal of the Lahore High Court, chaired by Justice Ibadul Rehman Lodhi, rejected PM Abbasi’s nomination papers after a petition was filed challenging the acceptance of his papers, local media reported.

PM Abbasi’s nomination papers, which were submitted for Murree’s NA-57 constituency, had been accepted by a Returning Officer (RO). After his nomination papers were accepted, petitioner Masood Ahmed Abbasi challenged the acceptance, stating that the former PM had tampered with the nomination papers. The RO who had accepted PM Abbasi’s papers was later suspended.

In its written verdict, the tribunal said that Abbasi does not meet the requirements for a candidate under Article 62 and 63 of the constitution.

Abbasi hid assets in his nomination forms and he is ineligible under Article 62(1)(f), the verdict read.

The verdict said the former premier was found guilty of concealment of facts and withholding of complete information from his voters.

Meanwhile, PTI chairman has been cleared by an appellate tribunal to contest the general elections from Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency. The respective RO had earlier rejected his nomination papers as Khan had failed to fill a clause that asked for a candidate’s contributions to his previous constituencies.

Today, Khan appeared before the court to fill out the incomplete Clause N of the document which had been left blank. His lawyer Babar Awan also appeared and presented his arguments after which Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani cleared Khan to contest polls from Islamabad.

Khan will be facing off PM Abbasi and former member of his party Ayesha Gulalai in capital Islamabad’s NA-53.

PTI spokesperson Fawad’s nomination papers rejected

PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry’s nomination papers from his home constituency of NA-67, Jhelum were also rejected on Wednesday.

His papers were challenged by Syed Haider Abbas. The applicant said that Chaudhry has not paid taxes on agricultural land and his name was different from the one written on his nomination papers. Abbas said Chaudhry’s name as per identity card is Fawad Hussain.

The Election Commission disqualified PML-N’s Imran Sher Ali, the brother of Abid Sher Ali, from contesting for public office. The papers of PPP’s Manzoor Wassan for PS-27 were also rejected. Tehreek-e-Labbaik’s Maulana Ashraf Asif Jalali, who filed his papers from Gujranwala’s NA-81, has also been disqualified

The election tribunals have until today to decide on the appeals after which the revised list of the candidates will be shared on June 28.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be June 29 whereas the date for allocation of electoral symbols and publication of the final list of contesting candidates will be June 30.

Polling for general election 2018 will be held on July 25.

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