Election tribunal allows Imran Khan to contest polls from NA-53

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ISLAMABAD: An election appellate tribunal on Wednesday rejected objections over Imran Khan’s candidacy from NA-53 Islamabad and allowed him to contest polls from the Islamabad constituency.
Returning Officer (RO), Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Adnan Khan, had rejected Imran’s nomination papers last week, along with those of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidates Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and PTI’s disgruntled leader Ayesha Gulalai for failing to fill clause-N of the affidavit in which they were required to mention the “contribution” to their respective constituencies during their previous tenure as lawmakers.
The PTI chairman had filed an appeal on June 20 against the rejection of his candidacy. In the appeal, Imran requested the tribunal to overrule the RO’s decision to reject his nomination papers.
Earlier today, Imran had appeared before the Islamabad election tribunal to fill clause-N of the affidavit submitted with his nomination papers for the constituency. In clause-N, the PTI chief stated that he set up the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, established Namal College, and made the nation aware to struggle for its constitutional rights.
The PTI chief has again been summoned in Peshawar today after he failed to appear before the election tribunal yesterday for the hearing of an appeal against the approval of his nomination papers from NA-35, Bannu.
PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry’s nomination papers were rejected today from his home constituency of NA-67, Jhelum.
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, who had objected, saying the PTI leader did not pay agriculture tax on his land.
He had also stated that the PTI leader’s name on his identity card was listed as ‘Fawad Ahmad’.
Election tribunals set up across the country are set to conclude today the appeals against the verdicts of returning officers (RO) regarding candidates intending to contest the July 25 general election.

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