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Nominations of Shahid Khaqan, Fawad Chaudhry Rejected

Rawalpindi (June 27, 2018): The appellate tribunal on Wednesday has rejected nomination papers of former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for NA-57 and declared PTI’s Fawad Chaudry ineligible to contest polls from NA-67.

While announcing the verdict, Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman accepted all the objections of the plaintiff Masood Ahmad Abbasi and disallowed the ex-premier to contest the polls from this constituency.

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The claimant, in his plea, stated that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has occupied small forest near Lawrence College while he had also mentioned the wrong price of his F7-II house in the papers.

Meanwhile, the tribunal also suspended returning officer after he accepted his mistake.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry was declared ineligible to contest the polls from NA-67.

The election tribunal was hearing an appeal against the acceptance of Chaudhry’s nomination papers by the returning officer, filed by Justice and Democratic Party’s Fakhar Abbas Kazmi.

Kazmi had objected, saying that Chaudhry had not paid agriculture tax on his land.

He had also stated that the PTI leader’s name on his identity card was listed as ‘Fawad Ahmad’.

Earlier, 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.

Today 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.

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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.

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