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KARACHI: The former ruling party at the centre continues to suffer blows as two of its major candidates from Lahore and Sindh were declared ineligible by election tribunals on Tuesday. Today’s setback followed Monday’s rejection of an appeal by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf challenging the decision of a returning officer rejecting him nomination.

On Tuesday, PPP’s Syed Asif Hashmi was disqualified by the election tribunal in Lahore with objections against him for not being 'sadiq'and 'ameen' upheld. Moreover, another PPP stalwart in Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah who had filed his papers to stand from PS-20 (Naushero Feroz-II) was also disqualified by an election tribunal.

All rejected PPP candidates have announced to file appeals against the rejections in the respective high courts.

Moreover, an election tribunal was expected to decide the fate of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan today.

PML-N on the other hand saw most of its candidates getting a green signal by election authorities. Both Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were cleared by election tribunals and objections against the brothers were dismissed.

Today’s setback for PPP followed Monday’s decision of an election tribunal in Rawalpindi reinforcing the rejection of Raja Pervez Ashraf’s nomination papers by Returning Officer (RO) Khalid Arshad.

The former prime minister was to run for NA-51 in Gujjar Khan, from where he had won in two previous elections.

Ashraf’s lawyer and former law minister Farooq Naek has said his client would file an appeal against the tribunal’s decision.

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Comments (37)

Mohammad Farooq
April 16, 2013 6:04 am
Good riddance.
Mudassir Hussain
April 16, 2013 6:34 am
EC seems tactfully selective in disqualifying candidates. There are also other issues with respect to security and delimitation which has made them controversial.
akhter husain
April 16, 2013 6:45 am
Had any court of law convicted Mr Musharraf for subverting the the constitution as yet,is a question to be reviewed.Another candidate was rejected on grounds that he was not Sadiq and Amin..So far so good.The Sharif brothers lied about their agreement with the then president that they will go to a brotherly country and will not return to Pakistan for ten years and the intelligence chief of that country had to come and show the agreement.The sharif Brothers may have been taken for granted as sadiq and amin they being sharif..
Husain Jan
April 16, 2013 6:56 am
Yes good one. Since after rejection of papers by the concerned RO the election tribunal also upheld the RO's dicision there should be no more chance of further appeals in high courts.This facility speaks a lot about the escape routes offered to influentials by our system. After decisions of the tribunal the disqualified candidates should not dare to show his face to public in shame.
Sultan Fatima
April 16, 2013 6:59 am
It is mind boggling to find the candidature of jamshed dasti being approved , when he was disqualified by the highest court of Pakistan the supreme court. Similarly Nawaz Sharif is also a controversial candidate , with his name mentioned in Supreme court attack case.
ishrat salim
April 16, 2013 7:19 am
Such action seem to be one-sided as no candidates from PML N has been rejected till now by the RO....which is creating a sense that it is not come all those PML N are within clause 62 & 63....means it is decided to give PML N a clean floor to contest ?
April 16, 2013 7:31 am
Why the hell Shareefs are getting so much favour by the independent courts of Pakistan. As per Asghar Khan case verdict, there papers should have been rejected by the tribunal. If they are not convict as per this, then Musharraf is also not convicted by any courts! His papaers should also be accepted.
April 16, 2013 7:32 am
Good for the country.
April 16, 2013 7:36 am
Sahrif brothers are as bad as Raja Ashraf or other disqualified. I am shocked by the bias of election tribunals which gave them green chits.
April 16, 2013 7:41 am
Now I can better understand why long march of Tahir ul Qadri was staged and concluded without achieving anything. It was to prepare people for implementation of clauses 62 and 63. What it achieved was to keep some people out of elections. Foul.
April 16, 2013 7:42 am
If Dasti had not left PPP, he would still be rotting in jail. Foul.
April 16, 2013 7:45 am
We are sixth or seventh largest country in the world in terms of population and the best person we could find from 120 million of us was Fakhar ud Din Jee Ibraheem. Shame on us as a nation. I lament the lack of good people.
Ghulam Ishaq
April 16, 2013 7:56 am
The problem with Pakistan is that everyone is confused whether they want a truly religious state where everyone is judged by every other for being/not being Sadiq and Ameen OR they want a truly democratic and secular state where the state doesn't judge people by their personal beliefs
April 16, 2013 8:09 am
You are completely mad who don't understand facts or don't even have basic understanding about anything. Go admit yourself in a psychiatric unit for a few years. Even then I don't believe you will be cured.
April 16, 2013 8:20 am
PMLNocracy prevails in the Judiciary. No place for neutrality and justice.
Anwar Qureshi
April 16, 2013 8:30 am
Sadiq & Ameen = Honesty and righteous person. Raja Rental has been rightly convicted for his dishonestry; issuing more than 200 CNG licenses (imagine how much money he would have made); also imagine how much he would have made in Rental Power Houses!!! We live in Islamic Republic of Pakistan; a democratic country having Islam as its religion. One fails to understand how come judiciary is allowing the fake degree holders to contest elections. Its better to clean up the mess.
April 16, 2013 8:31 am
there is no need to be abusive. you may disagree but you should stay within the limits of civilized discourse.
Mir Dost Brohi
April 16, 2013 8:45 am
Any Crystal clear criteria to identify True "Sadiq and Ameen"?. It seems these ill trained ROs have spoiled the true spirit of Election in the country by showing their over-smart tactics by accepting and rejecting candidates nominations.
April 16, 2013 8:59 am
only Imran Khan is clean and trustworthy person among all politicians in Pakistan
Gopal Patel
April 16, 2013 9:41 am
Looks like Election is behaving as if it is a law unto itself.General Musharraf's cases' are in courts and he has not been convicted on any account so far.Still the ECP is rejecting his nomination papers which is shows its bias.
M. S. Alvi
April 16, 2013 9:57 am
Naves, you also need to go to the same hospital.
M. S. Alvi
April 16, 2013 10:05 am
It seems that the RO's and the tribunals are being partial. After all they are Pakistan's.
April 16, 2013 10:09 am
People Like you are better to be ignored.
April 16, 2013 10:12 am
Rotten eggs like these are responsible for the current situation of our country. Ignorance is their cure.
FJ Siddiqui
April 16, 2013 12:56 pm
I expect at least 1 proven misconduct by IK from those 9 guys who gave a thumb down to Mr. Akram's comments :)
April 16, 2013 4:39 pm
Musharaf is a repealer which is why he is being rejected. In all honesty, its good for the country.
April 16, 2013 4:42 pm
Please don't forget to vote for IK. ye wala ladoo bhi kha k dekh lo, baki saray to try kar chukay...shayad ae mitha nikal aye :)
April 16, 2013 5:33 pm
Clear enough to me, loan defaulters, utility defaulters, tax evaders, fake degree holders, unattributable sources of income, is clear enough grounds for disqualification. Or do you want Allah himself to provide the evidence???
April 16, 2013 5:36 pm
Not foul at all. Rather a right small step. All politicians should be banned UNLESS they can prove they are honest. Only IK can prove his honesty. ALL others are theives. Period.
Shahid Abbas
April 16, 2013 6:08 pm
Can anyone say Nawaz or Shehbaz are real sadiq and amin? My answer is no. Just think of the their U turns on deal with Musharraf. One da y they said no deal, then in a press conference, Nawaz himself said, deal was for five years and later on it was revealed that deal was for ten years. Forget about their loans and how they managed their default. Amazing, the two brothers are cleared as "Sadiq and Amin". Shame, Shame, Shame.
April 16, 2013 6:10 pm
FYI, SC has already declared Musharraf's emergency in 2007 as unconstitutional.
April 16, 2013 7:18 pm
Your point is valid but i believe that Sharifs should also be kicked out as Musharraf.
April 16, 2013 7:22 pm
I think you probably need Anger Management and if there is anything available for managing your arrogance as well. Stop treating these politicians as if they are your Gods!!
Dr Qureshi
April 16, 2013 8:33 pm
To reject Pervez Musharraf's nominations is an astonishing decision. He's simply been thrown out on rumours and suspicions. All his actions were sanctioned by the supreme court at the time, He has not been convicted of anything. Frankly, I can't see these elections going ahead, its turning into a circus.
April 17, 2013 1:33 am
Does this mean that both Sharifs and PPP leadership is now certified Sadiq and Ameen? What a tragedy!
April 17, 2013 1:46 am
This election is going towards pre poll rigging. In a country where most institutions are corrupt how do you expect ECP officials (especially ROs) not to be bought. PMLN has ensured that they don't leave any stone unturned to win this election with big majority despite the BIG majority of the country doesn't want them back in the Centre.
April 17, 2013 5:52 am
Let the people decide whether a candidate is saadiq and amin through their own free will via the ballot box. It is a joke that these returning officers feel that they can decide for the common people.
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