LHC allows Abbasi, Fawad to contest polls
LAHORE: Setting aside election tribunal’s decisions, the Lahore High Court on Thursday allowed former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry to contest polls from NA-57 and NA–67 respectively, ARY News reported.
A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi, allowed Abbasi, a PML-N stalwart to contest the election from NA-57 (Rawalpindi-I).
Last month, an election tribunal disqualified Abbasi from contesting the general elections.
The tribunal judge noted that Abbasi was “guilty of concealment of facts and withholding of complete information from his voters”.
Declaring that he is not ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’, the tribunal stated that Abbasi was “not a qualified person to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament) within the meaning of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution of Pakistan”.
The court also set aside an appellate tribunal’s verdict barring PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry for life from contesting elections from NA-67 (Jhelum).
Fawad Chaudhry’s nomination papers were rejected during a hearing of an appeal filed by Justice and Democratic Party’s Fakhar Abbas Kazmi.
Kazmi had objected, saying that Chaudhry had not paid agricultural tax on his land.
He had also stated that the PTI leader’s name on his identity card was listed as ‘Fawad Ahmad’.