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Tribunal clears Imran to contest elections


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PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo

LAHORE: An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court dismissed on Wednesday all petitions filed against the nomination of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, declaring him as eligible to contest the upcoming elections, DawnNews reported.

PTI  chairman will be contesting from NA-1 (Peshawar – II), NA- 56 (Rawalpindi – VII), NA-71 (Mianwali – I) and, NA-126 (Lahore – IX).

A local Pindi resident had raised the objection to Imran's nomination from NA-56 alleging that in his memoir, “Me and My Pakistan,” Imran Khan “had confessed to consuming liquor,” thus violating the constitution.

Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has withdrawn his nomination papers in support of Khan for the NA-56 seat.

Moreover an election tribunal disallowed Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid's (PML-Q) Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain, brother of party chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, to contest the upcoming elections.

Wajahat had submitted his papers to contest elections from NA-104 constituency in Gujrat.

His opponent Ghazanfar Gul, belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) had gone to the tribunal to fight the rejection of his papers.

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