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Imran Khan to face RO today


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PTI chairman Imran Khan. — File Photo

RAWALPINDI: In response to objections raised against some candidates - including Imran Khan – returning officers are postponing decisions, but on Friday, two aspirants' nominations were rejected.

They have been scrutinising candidates' nomination papers for the upcoming general election for the past five days.

The nominations filed by Syed Ijaz Hussain, of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, and Maulana Abdul Majeed Hazarvi, of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, were rejected because the candidates had not given the names of proposers and seconders.

Imran Khan, chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and an aspirant for the NA-56 seat, has found himself thrust unexpectedly into the limelight.

A local resident, Mohammad Hafeez Abbasi, brought a written objection to the constituency's returning officer, stating that in his memoir, “Me and My Pakistan,” Imran Khan “had confessed to consuming liquor… and this is a clear violation of Articles 63 and 64 of the Constitution.”

Abbasi argues that Khan is therefore ineligible to participate in the elections.

The RO has asked Khan to ‘clarify his position’ regarding Abbasi's allegations, but on Friday, Khan himself could not appear.

His lawyers and PTI workers visited the RO, who postponed any decision until Saturday, when Imran Khan is expected to see him.

Fayazul Hasan Chohan, of the PTI, filed his own objection to the nomination of the PML-N's Hanif Abbasi, stating that Abbasi had not provided the details of his income, assets and expenditures.

Scrutiny of Abbasi's nomination has been postponed by the presiding officer until Saturday. A similar charge was raised against another PML-N candidate, Sardar Naseem, who has promised to submit the information by Saturday.—A Reporter

Comments (9) Closed

imtiaz Apr 06, 2013 04:42am
Imran Khan is army's candidate and cannot be disqualified.
havi Apr 06, 2013 04:52am
It's because law makers of outgoing Parliament did not know didly about their duties of how to make laws and amend them. This chaos should be cleared up by sensable and elelcted educated Parliamentarians. THere again other holes to be plugged up right from very first day that's 1. To fix the next election election day with a fixed date. 2. Dissolution of all parliaments ( porvince and federal) should occur with margin of 90 days for the elelction. All elections should be held on same day. 3. To restrict each contesting candidate to run just on single seat and not multiple seats. 4. Right after nomination papers are entered, then confirmation ( review ) process be started with allowance for challenge would begin for certain days and no more thereafter its campaign begins. No cross over be allowed. These suggestions to be dicussed in very day of affairs of new parliament and passed them in first week of their affairs and save it
sfomann Apr 06, 2013 05:06am
This is why we as a nation will never progress. We are too hung up on petty issues and not looking at all the good things he has done for the people of this country. If, God forbid, Mr Abbasi or the likes, were diagnosed with cancer, he would be treated Free in Imran Khan's hospital. So what if someone did something wrong "un-Islamic" in the past. We all make mistake in our lives and then we learn from it and become a better person. And surprisingly, all this when the biggest thief of the world ruled the country for five year and no one had any object for all the un-islamic things he was doing every day. Sometimes I feel we need (read deserve) another 5 years of these corrupt politicians
Shahryar Shirazi Apr 06, 2013 05:14am
Id say what Bhutto said! IK doesn't drink the blood of his own people Shahryar
Arshad Patel,Ohio,USA Apr 06, 2013 05:55am
Well, 90 % of the PPP candidates will be disqualified for consuming alcohol, if blood test is also made mandatory as part of the screening process.
Shahzadi Apr 06, 2013 07:42am
Think about those people who drink behind closed doors and would not have the courage to admit in front of anyone, let alone write it in a book. If he did, he was living a different life, now that he is older and mature and living a clean life, why scrutinise so idiotically. If an actress can be accepted so can IK. Otherwise just choose the current angels again and forget about everything else.
Hassan Apr 06, 2013 08:51am
Imran we are with you!
Tariq Apr 06, 2013 09:53am
This is turning into a witch hunt!
aditya Apr 07, 2013 12:00am
now there is a pious sober muslim..hes the 1 with a magic wand..make alllll yr prolems go away..long as he knows islam u guys ought to be all set