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Acceptance of Imran’s Papers For NA-131 Challenged

Lahore(June 22, 2018): A petition challenging a decision of the returning officer to accept nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for NA-131 Lahore was filed on Friday.  

The petition was filed before a Lahore High Court appellate tribunal, which states the RO illegally approved the papers of the PTI chief while overlooking certain facts.

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It was argued that Mr. Khan is ineligible to contest the election for he was not honest and trustworthy as per the Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.The tribunal was pleaded to set aside the RO’s decision and bar him from running in the upcoming general elections.

Earlier On June 19, Returning Officer of NA-131 accepted nomination papers of PTI Chief Imran Khan.

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Imran Khan was asked to appear in person by the RO but he was unable to appear due to his busy schedule.

Farooq Sattar Approaches Appellate Tribunal:

On the other hand, Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) Farooq Sattar on Friday approached an appellate tribunal challenging the rejection of his nomination papers for NA-245 Karachi by the respective returning officer.

Farooq Sattar filed an election petition before a Sindh High Court appellate tribunal, requesting it to overturn the returning officer’s verdict with regard to his papers.Speaking to reporters after filing the petition, he expressed optimism that his nomination form will be approved once the tribunal takes up his plea.

A day earlier, the MQM-P leader obtained interim bail from a district court in two criminal cases to contest the July 25 elections.Nomination Papers of Farooq Sattar RejectedEarlier on June 19, Nomination papers of MQM-Pakistan’s Farooq Sattar from NA-245 were rejected by the Returning Officer.

The returning officer of NA- 245, Ahsan Khan rejected the nomination papers of Farooq Sattar.

RO, Ahsan Khan stated that Farooq Sattar is absconder in two cases. Farooq Sattar had not mentioned this in nomination papers.

However, counsel of Farooq Sattar remarked that his client was unaware of the two cases.Sattar submitted nomination papers from three constituencies in Karachi — NA-241, 245 and 247 — to contest the general election scheduled to be held on July 25.

Shahid Khaqan Challenges RO’s Decision: 

Former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday challenged the returning officer’s decision rejecting his nomination papers for NA-53 Islamabad.

Abbasi filed an election petition through his lawyer, requesting an appellate tribunal to set aside the decision.

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Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will likely take up his appeal today.

The RO had earlier rejected the nomination papers of PTI chief Imran Khan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ayesha Gulalai for NA-53 constituency.NA 53: Nominations of Former PM Abbasi, Gullali RejectedAccording to the ECP, the nomination forms were turned down over violation of Section N of the affidavit, relating to development work a candidate undertook in their constituency.

The objection raised by the returning officer stated that the respective candidates failed to fill up affidavit according to the conditions mentioned.Meanwhile, today is the last day for filing of appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers by returning officers for the National and provincial assemblies’ seats.

Imran Khan Also Challenged RO’s Verdict in Tribunal:

Election tribunal on Thursday directed the returning officer (RO) Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency to submit a complete record of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s nomination papers.

Islamabad High Court Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani took up on Thursday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s plea challenging the dismissal of his nomination papers from the capital’s NA-53 constituency.

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As Justice Kayani took up Imran’s plea, the PTI chief’s counsel Babar Awan informed the court that Imran heads Pakistan’s largest political party and is waging a struggle for the basic rights of people.

The judge inquired why the RO disqualified Khan from the constituency. The appellate tribunal while issuing notice to RO directed him to submit the entire record till Friday(today).

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