ISLAMABAD: Returning Officer (RO) for NA-53 Islamabad constituency on Tuesday has rejected the Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan’s candidacy for the constituency.
According to the RO Imran Khan did not fill the affidavit as per its requirements and the RO also rejected the objections raised against Imran’s candidacy for being ‘incomplete’.
Earlier this month, leader of Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party candidate Abdul Wahab Baloch, has challenged the Imran’s nomination papers for NA-53 constituency in Islamabad, and said that the PTI chief did not fulfill the criterion under articles 62 and 63 on the issue of Sita White and her daughter Tyrian.
PTI leader and Imran Khan’s counsel, Babar Awan appeared before the returning officer today and presented his arguments over the objections to the PTI chief’s candidacy.
He said 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.
Moreover, the Supreme Court has declared Imran ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’, the counsel added.
Following this, the counsel of Abdul Wahab Baloch also presented his arguments before the returning officer and reserved his verdict in the case.
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, the counsel of Abdul Wahab Baloch 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.
Meanwhile, Imran’s nomination papers for NA-131 Lahore constituency have been approved as the Election Commission of Pakistan concludes the scrutiny process of nomination papers today.