NA-53: Former premier Abbasi challenges rejection of nomination papers
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi challenged the returning officer (RO) decision of rejecting his nomination papers for NA-53 Islamabad constituency.
Earlier on Tuesday, Returning Officer (RO) dismissed the nomination papers of Shahid Khaqan as the former premier failed to mention the development work he undertook in his previous constituency.
The RO had also dismissed the nomination papers of other contenders for the constituency, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, on similar grounds.
Lawyer of former premier, Tahir Mahmood Abbasi filed the appeal in the election tribunal on Friday and pleading for dismissal of the RO’s decision.
Abbasi is contesting on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s ticket from NA-53, as well as his home constituency of NA-57, Murree. His nomination from Murree has also been challenged in the Rawalpindi appellate tribunal.
Moreover, the capital’s election tribunal will also resume hearing today Imran’s appeal against the dismissal of his nomination papers.
As per the Election Commission of Pakistan schedule, today is the last day to file appeals against decisions of the ROs.
As the ECP concluded the scrutiny of nomination papers on Tuesday, it formed six appellate tribunals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight in Punjab, four in Sindh, two in Balochistan and one in Islamabad to hear the appeals.
Polling for general election 2018 will be held on July 25.