Islamabad (June 23, 2018): A petition against former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s candidature was rejected by an appellate tribunal on Saturday.
Nisar will contest the General Election 2018 as an independent candidate, after his three-decade-long association with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ended over ideological differences with the party’s leadership. He has filed his nomination papers for constituencies NA-63, NA-59, PP-10, and PP-12.
The petitioner had challenged Nisar’s nomination papers from NA-63 constituency. They had stated that the candidate was accused in the Supreme Court attack case.
The appellate tribunal dismissed the petition against Nisar’s candidature, stating that the petitioner was not a voter of NA-63.On June 13, Nisar’s candidature was challenged from NA-59 Attock-III. The petitioner had taken the same stance, citing Nisar’s involvement in the Supreme Court attack case as the basis to reject his nomination papers from the constituency.
The Appellate Tribunals will decide the filing appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers by Returning Officers for the National and provincial assemblies’ seats by Wednesday.
The revised list of candidates will be published the following day.
The candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by 29th June. The ECP will allot election symbols to the candidates on 30th June.