Ex-PM Abbasi allowed to contest election

Source:  ARY News Published in Current Affairs on Friday, June 29, 2018

LAHORE: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi heaved a sigh of relief on Friday when a bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) allowed him to contest election from his native constituency NA-57 Muree.

The bench suspended the verdict of an appellate tribunal of the high court that not only barred the PML-N stalwart from contesting election on NA-57 seat but also disqualified him for life.

It gave this verdict on a petition filed by Mr. Abbasi challenging the tribunal’s verdict.

On Tuesday, the appellate tribunal barred the former premier from contesting election from his native constituency NA-57 (Murree) and disqualified him for life for being not honest and sagacious.

The former PM contended in his petition that the tribunal has surpassed its authority when it disqualified him for life and pleaded that the verdict be set aside.

Mr. Abbasi has already been allowed to contest poll from NA-53 Islamabad.

On June 26,  an appellate tribunal in Islamabad overturned a ruling of the returning officer concerned to reject nomination papers of Abbasi for NA-53 Islamabad, allowing him to contest the poll from this constituency.

The Appellate Tribunal comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had given th verdict on an appeal filed by the PML-N stalwart challenging the RO verdict of rejecting his nomination papers.

On June 19, the RO rejected the former premier’s nomination papers on the ground that he submitted an incomplete affidavit.

Abbasi along with his counsel appeared before the tribunal and contended that the RO rejected his nomination form because it was incomplete.

In doing so, the RO went beyond his jurisdiction, the lawyer argued and pleaded that his client be allowed to run in the upcoming general elections.