• Appeals towards Shehbaz, Nawaz rejected in Lahore, Abbottabad
• Verdict reserved on Imran’s enchantment for NA-122 seat
RAWALPINDI/LAHORE: In a sequence of rulings by varied election appellate tribunals throughout the nation, a number of politicians confronted rejections relating to their eligibility to contest within the upcoming normal elections, together with former federal ministers Fawad Chaudhry and Murad Saeed.
On the opposite hand, tribunals in Lahore and Abbottabad put aside objections to the acceptance of nomination papers of the Sharif brothers in NA-132 and NA-15 constituencies.
The election tribunal in Rawalpindi, listening to Mr Chaudhry’s case, rejected his nomination papers on the cost of concealing information from the returning officer.
The tribunal choose, Justice Chaudhry Abdul Aziz of the Lahore High Court, was listening to
Mr Chaudhry’s enchantment towards the rejection of his nomination papers to contest the upcoming elections from Jhelum’s NA-60 and NA-61 constituencies.
The former PTI chief was accused of concealing financial institution accounts of his partner and international journeys within the affidavit submitted alongside together with his nomination papers.
Verdict reserved on Imran’s enchantment
Meanwhile, one other appellate tribunal in Lahore reserved its verdict on Tuesday on an enchantment of former prime minister Imran Khan, who had challenged the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-122.
Mr Khan’s counsel, Advocate Uzair Bhandari, stated in his concluding arguments that the conviction of the PTI founding chairman within the Toshakhana case was not a hurdle in his method of contesting the upcoming normal elections.
He stated the Election Commission of Pakistan was not a courtroom and its conviction within the Toshakhana case didn’t quantity to disqualification beneath Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
Besides, the previous premier’s sentence had already been suspended by the Islamabad High Court, the lawyer stated.
Tribunal choose Justice Tariq Nadeem noticed that there was a distinction between the acquittal and suspension of sentence.
Appeal towards Shehbaz rejected
On Tuesday, one other election tribunal dismissed an enchantment towards the acceptance of nomination papers of former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif from NA-132.
The appellant, Shahid Orakzai, assailed the candidature of Mr Shehbaz on the idea of his alleged involvement within the 1997 assault on the Supreme Court.
He submitted that the Islamabad police, in its inquiry submitted to the Supreme Court, had recognized then-chief minister Shehbaz after which-prime minister Nawaz Sharif as two prime highly effective individuals concerned within the assault.
Mr Orakzai stated the tribunal was empowered to confirm the information from the inquiry report in possession of the Supreme Court’s registrar.
He requested the tribunal to put aside the choice of the returning officer and reject Shehbaz Sharif’s nomination papers from NA-132. However, the tribunal dismissed the enchantment and upheld the RO’s determination.
Another tribunal additionally dismissed an enchantment towards the acceptance of PML-N chief Abid Sher Ali’s nomination papers from NA-102, Faisalabad.
Another tribunal on Tuesday reserved verdict on appeals by PTI President Parvez Elahi, his spouse, Qaisera Elahi, and son, Moonis Elahi, towards the rejection of their nomination papers from NA-64, NA-69, PP-32 and PP-34 of Gujrat.
Another tribunal put aside a call of the returning officer of NA-71, Sialkot, and accepted the nomination papers of Rehana Dar, mom of PTI’s former chief Usman Dar.
PTI objections on Nawaz put aside
In Abbottabad, an election appellate tribunal on Tuesday put aside PTI’s objections raised on PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s eligibility to contest the Feb 8 elections from NA-15.
PTI chief Senator Azam Khan Swati had final month challenged Nawaz’s eligibility to contest the upcoming normal elections from the constituency — additionally known as Mansehra-II — beneath part 62(1f) of the Constitution.
The tribunal choose, Justice Kamran Hayat Miankhel, cleared the PML-N supreme chief for elections after listening to arguments of Senator Swati’s counsel, Sardar Basharat, and Nawaz Sharif’s counsel, Jehangir Jadoon.
Similarly, an appellate tribunal in Hazara on Monday dismissed the objection towards the acceptance of the nomination papers of former provincial minister and PTI chief Yousuf Ayub Khan.
Yousuf Ayub Khan, the primary cousin of PTI’s normal secretary Omar Ayub Khan, was contesting from Haripur’s NA-18 and PK-46 seats.
Murad Saeed’s appeals rejected
In Swat, an appellate tribunal in Mingora on Tuesday dismissed each the appeals of the PTI chief Murad Saeed and issued an order to uphold the choice of the returning officers.
The returning officers had rejected Mr Saeed’s nomination papers for NA-3 and NA-4 as he was on the absconders’ checklist.
On Monday, the tribunal choose, Justice Muhammad Naeem Anwar, instructed Mr Saeed’s legal professionals to ask the PTI chief to seem in individual, however he failed to seem on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the election tribunal authorized the nomination papers of PTI’s former provincial minister, Shakeel Ahmed, from Malakand and allowed him to contest the elections.
Nisar Ahmed Khan in Mansehra, Muhammad Sadaqat in Haripur, and Fazal Khaliq in Swat additionally contributed to this report
Published in Dawn, January tenth, 2024