ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) returning officer on Tuesday rejected the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, along with Ayesha Gulalai.
According to the returning officer, the candidates failed to fill the affidavit as per the requirements of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Meanwhile the candidates have decided to challenge the decision of the RO in election tribunal tomorrow (Wednesday).
Alongside, the RO also dismissed the objections raised against Imran’s candidacy for being ‘incomplete’.
Imran’s nomination papers for NA-53 constituency in Islamabad were challenged earlier this month by Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party candidate Abdul Wahab Baloch, who contended that the PTI chief did not fulfill the criterion under articles 62 and 63 on the issue of Sita White and her daughter Tyrian.
Imran’s legal counsel Babar Awan appeared before the returning officer today and presented his arguments over the objections to the PTI chief’s candidacy.
Awan remarked that they rejected the objections against Imran seven times in the written reply submitted to the ECP a day ago, adding that all the objections were based on falsehood.
He said that the photocopies used to ‘incriminate’ Imran fell under the ambit of forgery. The petitioner was referring to a decision by a United States court, but where is the name of the child’s father, Awan questioned.
The returning officer observed that the papers have not been rejected outright, to which Awan replied that they have rejected the papers in their reply submitted earlier. Moreover, the Supreme Court has declared Imran ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’, the counsel added.
Following this, Baloch’s counsel also presented his arguments before the returning officer.
The returning officer, after listening to the arguments presented by both the parties, reserved his verdict on the matter.