Lahore (February 17, 2018): An appellate tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Saturday allowed former finance minister Ishaq Dar to contest the upcoming Senate elections.
Dar had challenged the rejection of his nomination papers by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in LHC’s appellate tribunal.
Dar had adopted stance that the returning officer rejected the nomination papers contrary to the facts. He maintained that all the legal requirements for the papers were fulfilled.
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The appeal had demanded the court to annul the action of returning officer.
The opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had challenged the nomination papers of Dar, pointing out that Dar was declared absconder in the corruption reference against him heard by NAB court.ECP ruled that Dar is ineligible to contest in the Senate elections since there is a pending corruption case against him in the accountability court.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had nominated Ishaq Dar as its Senate candidate for another three-year term as nine of the PML-N Senators are due to retire next month after completing their terms.Dar was to contest in the Senate polls over two seats, a general seat and technocrat seat. The PTI lawyer reasoned that Dar submitted the same account details for expenditure while contesting for both seats.
At least 52 Senators will retire next month ahead of the Senate elections on March 3. PML-N is likely to gain an overwhelming majority in the upper house of parliament.