Islamabad(June 26, 2018): The Islamabad Election Tribunal on Tuesday allowed former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to contest the upcoming polls from the NA-53 Islamabad-II constituency.
The returning officer for Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency had rejected Abbasi’s nomination papers on June 19. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Abbasi did not complete the affidavit of the nomination forms.
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Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani, who was hearing the appeal, overruled the returning officer’s verdict.
Later, speaking to the media outside the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the former premier said that Qamarul Islam’s arrest was ‘unfortunate.’Engineer Qamarul Islam, who has served as the chairman of the Saaf Pani Company, is accused of having awarded contracts for 84 water treatment plants at a higher price.
“I request the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to release Islam immediately,” Abbasi said, adding that it was regrettable that a person who had never been probed was arrested all of a sudden.
He further remarked that only alleged issues in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were being highlighted.Discussing the upcoming polls, Abbasi observed that questions were being raised on the transparency of the election.
“Justice should be served, and it should be visible,” he said. “Nawaz has appeared for a hundred hearings till date but like I had earlier said, there is no hope of Nawaz getting justice.”
Khawaja Asif, Firdous Ashiq Awan Allowed To Contest Elections:
Earlier today, an election tribunal rejected an appeal against the candidature of Former Foreign Minister and PML-N’s Khawaja Asif from NA-73 Sialkot-II constituency.
The petitioner alleged that the former foreign minister had not fully disclosed his assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Terming the petition non-maintainable, the appellate tribunal dismissed it, allowing Asif to contest the General Election 2018. On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Firdous Ashiq Awan was also given the green signal to contest election from NA-72 Sialkot-I constituency.
A petitioner, Zaid Lateef objected that Awan had not filled the column to disclose details of her marriage and offspring. Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi rejected the petition, stating that the returning officer had accepted Awan’s nomination papers as per the law.
Tomorrow is the last day for decisions by Appellate Tribunals on appeals filed against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers for the National and provincial assemblies’ seats.
The revised list of candidates will be published on Thursday.Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by Friday and the Election Commission will allot election symbols to candidates on Saturday.
Polling for the general elections will be held on 25th of next month.