Islamabad (September 15, 2017): Candidate of Pakistan Peoples Party Faisal Mir has challenged the by-election in NA-120 scheduled to be held on September 17.
Seeking issuance of stay-order from the court to keep the by-election till the final decision, Faisal Mir argued that Pakistan Muslim League’s candidate Kulsoom Nawaz in not Sadiq and Ameen because she concealed assets, foreign nationality and Aqama in her nomination papers.
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The petition naming Kulsoom Nawaz, Election Commission Pakistan and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as respondents asks the court to issue order suspending the by-election.The petitioner challenges the decision of the Returning Officer of NA-120 to accept Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers and also the judgment of the Lahore High Court that rejected petitions against Kulsoom Nawaz’s candidature.
It may be mentioned here that on September 7 a three-member bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) headed by Justice Aminuddin Khan and comprising Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi and Justice Shahid Jameel had rejected petitions challenging acceptance of PML-N candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz nomination papers for the NA-120 by-election.
Two judges of the bench threw out the petitions while the third dissented with the majority decision.It was the the third bench constituted by the Chief Justice LHC to hear the petitions filed by PPP candidate Amir Mir against the acceptance of nomination papers of Kulsoom Nawaz after two previous benches were dissolved following refusal of members to hear the case.
The petitions filed by PPP candidate Faisal Mir, Advocate Ishtiaq Ahmad Chaudhry of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Nabeel Shahzad of the Milli Muslim League (MML) challenged the decisions of returning officer to accept nomination papers of Kulsoom Nawaz.The petitioners have sought the court to overturn the Election Tribunal decision to reject their appeal against Returning Officer decision to accept the nomination papers of Kulsoom Nawaz.
The seat had fallen vacant following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panamagate case.