LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Friday challenged Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers for the by-election in NA-120 in election tribunal of the Lahore High Court, ARY News reported.
PAT candidate Ishtiaq Chaudhry challenged the decision of the returning officer concerned in which he accepted the nomination papers of Kulsoom, the PML-N candidate for NA-120 by-election.
He contended that Begum Kulsoom is facing treason charges, which she failed to disclose in her nomination papers. Besides, she holds, the working permit of UAE which is equivalent to holding dual nationality. He, therefore, argued she was not eligible to contest the election and requested the court to set aside the returning officer’s decision and declare her ineligible for contesting the election.
A day before, the returning officer while dismissing the objections raised by PAT and PPP candidates accepted her candidature for the National Assembly seat.
Faisal Mir of the PPP and Chaudhry had raise nine objections on the nomination of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz under the Representation of Peoples Act 1976.
Speaking to media, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Asif Kirmani had said two people raised nine objections against Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination and they were given maximum time as they presented “baseless arguments” for one and a half hour, leading to dismissal of their objections.
The NA-120 seat, Lahore-III, fell vacant after the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the premier of the country for concealing his salary from a Dubai-based company, and asked ECP to issue a notification removing him as a member of the National Assembly.