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Acceptance of Imran’s papers for NA-131 challenged

LAHORE: A petition challenging a decision of the returning officer to accept nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for NA-131 Lahore was filed on Friday.  

The petition was filed before a Lahore High Court appellate tribunal, which states the RO illegally approved the papers of the PTI chief while overlooking certain facts.

It was argued that Mr. Khan is ineligible to contest the election for he was not honest and trustworthy as per the purport of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

The tribunal was pleaded to set aside the RO’s decision and bar him from running in the upcoming general elections.

On June 19, the RO gave his ruling, approving the PTI chief’s papers while turning down objections raised on them.

Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party’s (PJDP) Abdul Wahab Baloch filed objections with the Returning Officers concerned, pointing out the issue of Sita White case.

He argued that the PTI chief is not eligible to contest the elections as he didn’t meet the criterion laid down under articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Earlier, former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, who also heads the PJDP has challenged Khan’s papers on the basis of Sita White case.

In an interview couple of days ago, retired justice Chaudhary, who is now the president of the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party, claimed that he has evidence to show that Khan has admitted to being the father of Tyrian White while abroad, but denies the same in Pakistan.

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