Sunday, July 15

Former PM Abbasi moves court against disqualification

khaqan-abbasiISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has challenged the decision of an appellate tribunal of the Lahore High Court that declared the PML-N leader ineligible to contest the elections.

Mr. Abbasi approached the Lahore High Court against the appellate election tribunal’s decision restraining him contesting from NA-57, Murree.

The former PM says in his petition that the tribunal has surpassed its authority when it disqualified him for life.

Justice Abdul Rehman Lodhi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Tuesday announced this verdict on an appeal challenging a returning officer’s decision to approve the nomination papers of the PML-N stalwart.

The applicant had accused Abbasi of understating his assets and also tampering with the nomination papers.

Abbasi is also running from NA-53 Islamabad.

On June 19, the Returning Officer rejected the former premier’s nomination papers on the ground that he submitted an incomplete affidavit along with the nomination papers.

Abbasi along with his counsel appeared before the tribunal and contended that the RO rejected his nomination form because it was incomplete.

In doing so, the RO went beyond his jurisdiction, the lawyer argued and pleaded that his client be allowed to run in the upcoming general elections.

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