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Nomination forms of several political bigwigs approved

ISLAMABAD: The nomination forms of several political leaders were accepted on Tuesday allowing them to contest the upcoming elections.

The Election Commission of Pakistan concluded the scrutiny process of nomination papers today as per the revised election schedule. The appeals against rejection or acceptance can be filed by June 22, which will be decided by June 27.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif’s nomination papers  have been accepted for NA-132 Lahore, NA-249 Karachi, NA-250 Karachi and NA-3 Swat.

Moreover, Shehbaz’s son Hamza Shehbaz has been allowed to contest from NA-132, NA-124 and PP-146 constituencies of Lahore.  

PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s candidacy for PP-173 has also been approved. On Monday, she was also cleared for Lahore’s NA-125, after the returning officer dismissed all objections raised against her.

Former speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq was also cleared to contest NA-129 Lahore constituency. Former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal has also been cleared to contest from his hometown constituency of NA-78 Narowal.

Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah’s candidacy for NA-106 Faisalabad was also approved, while Amir Muqam will contest from for PK-4 Swat, and Abid Sher Ali will contest from NA-108 constituency in Faisalabad.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s suffered a setback as his nomination papers for NA-53 Islamabad were dismissed as he failed to fill the affidavit properly.

Bilawal, Zardari’s forms approved

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was declared eligible to contest from NA-246 Karachi. The nomination papers of former president Asif Ali Zardari for NA-213 Nawabshah have also been approved after two petitioners withdrew objections against him.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s nomination papers for NA-131 Lahore and NA-243 Karachi were approved after all objections against his candidacy were dismissed.

However, the PTI chief suffered a setback in NA-53 Islamabad as he failed to properly fill out the affidavit submitted along with the nomination papers.

Additionally, the nomination papers of PTI leader Aleem Khan have been approved for Lahore’s NA-131 and NA-129, and and his wife Kiran Aleem for PP-148.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) stalwart Farooq Sattar suffered a setback after his nomination papers for NA-245 Karachi were rejected. However, MQM-P leaders Rauf Siddiqui, Khawaja Izharul and Kamran Tessori were approved.

Similarly, the nominations papers of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Arshad Vohra for NA-254 Karachi and NA-255 Karachi were also approved, while Hassan Saabir will also be contesting for NA-243.

Fazl, Achakzai, Zulfqar Mirza also approved

Other prominent political leaders whose nomination papers were approved include Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for NA-38 Dera Ismail Khan, veteran politician Javed Hashmi for NA-155 Multan, and Qaumi Watan Party chairperson Aftab Sherpao for NA-23 Charsadda.

Moreover, former Sindh home minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who recently joined the Grand Democratic Alliance, will con test from PS-74 Badin. His spouse former NA speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza’s nomination papers were accepted from NA-230 in Badin.

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai’s nomination papers for NA-263 Qilla Abdullah) were also approved, along with former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri for PB-38 Khuzdar.

Former speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, Raheela Durrani, has been allowed to contest from NA-265 Sibi. while former deputy speaker of Sindh Assembly and PPP leader Shehla Raza will contest from Karachi’s NA-243 constituency.

In Khairpur the nomination papers of PPP’s Nafisa Shah (NA-280) and former Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah (PS-26) have been approved.

The ECP will conclude the scrutiny of nomination papers filed by the candidates for the upcoming general election on Tuesday. The final list of the candidates will be published on June 28.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be June 29. The general election is scheduled to be held on July 25.

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