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PTI to file petition against Nawaz
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday moved the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over Nawaz Sharif’s qualification as a National Assembly member, DawnNews reported.

PTI’s Ali Mohammad Khan and Murad Saeed approached ECP today with regard to this issue. Khan and Saeed filed a petition in ECP against Nawaz’s nomination papers with a demand that action be taken against Nawaz under Article 62, 63 on the basis of which he is ineligible to become a National Assembly member.

MNA Saeed alleged that the premier is convicted in the Asghar Khan case and helicopter hijacking cases and must be dealt according to the law.

In a press conference held today, Saeed accused Nawaz of being acquitted in the Asghar Khan case on the basis of bribery, adding that he cannot be nominated for NA membership.

Recently son of former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Arsalan Iftikhar challenged Imran Khan’s appointment in the National Assembly criticising him of not being "honest and trustworthy", adding that the latter did not fulfill the criteria for being a representative of the people, as set in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

A senior PTI official said that the party has evidence that Arsalan has the support of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), and that the ruling party is pursuing every effort to prevent Imran Khan from marching to the capital on August 14.

Article 62 is the declaration from the presidential candidates affirming that they fulfil the qualification specified in Article 63 and that they are not hit by any of the disqualifications specified in Article 63, or any other law for the time being in force for being elected as the president of Pakistan.

In the Asghar Khan case, the apex court had directed the federal government to take necessary action under the Constitution and the law against Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani for their role in facilitating a group of politicians and political parties to ensure their success against their rivals in the 1990 elections.

Previously, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi had awarded life sentence to Nawaz of hijacking a plane carrying former army chief Pervez Musharraf and 198 other passengers in 2000.

Comments (82) Closed

Hammad Jul 09, 2014 12:29pm

PTI's madness continues.

Asad Jul 09, 2014 12:32pm

Better way to disqualify others is your own "Qarkardagi". Arsalan disqualifies Imran. Murad disqualifies Nawaz. Someone will seek for disqualifiqation of Shahbaz. It seems that change good or bad, but is definitely coming.

M.M.Sherazi Jul 09, 2014 12:35pm

The current direction of political affairs in Pakistan, may lead to an unprecedented consequences that may derail democracy. The policy of tit-for-tat has been implemented by PTI, in an aggressive style, focusing criticism targeted at PML-N and the Ex-CJP. It is an important initiative against the PM

aman Jul 09, 2014 12:45pm

I hope Shareef khandan rule over pakistans poor people ends.

Pakistani Jul 09, 2014 12:46pm

These cases are all tried and nothing have been found - yes there is one thing that this petition will be turned down Insha Allah and then once again the PTI will come out once again crying and blaming the Judiciary. Its not time for tit for tat but think how to save Imran from disquaification.

Danial Jul 09, 2014 12:51pm

@M.M.Sherazi Wait, less than 24 hours before the son of the former Chief Justice said that he was going to file a nomination against Imran Khan and the election commission agreed to provide his nomination papers.

But when Imran Khan does the same, you accuse PTI of aggressive policies targeting PML? I'm not a fan of either parties but isn't it sad that our Chief Justice's son is fighting the fight of a political party and is being nominated by it for political positions despite being accused of corruption in the past.

There are so many things wrong with this picture that I don't even know where to start.

Janderbari-Malikpur-Abbottabad Jul 09, 2014 12:56pm

What a non sense decision by PTI, that's why people use to say them Naunahlan e inqulab. Arsalan Iftikhar got paper from EC against Imran Khan and why entire PTI come up abusing PRime Minister? let the fight in court defend yourself if you are innocent? I think this will waive more credibility of PTI leadership as really they are problem could not settled in politics. PTI future is not different than AAP in India.... this is guaranteed!

Nadeem Jul 09, 2014 12:58pm

IK at its best, he want to see chaos in pakistan and he will achieve that.

SKhan Jul 09, 2014 12:59pm

I agree with Sherazi. What is PTI doing? Forget the corrupt & incompetent people like Arsalam Iftikhar,Focus on KPK & make it a model province, not focus on negative tactics.

sania Jul 09, 2014 01:09pm

I NEVER THOUGH IK AND PTI WOULD FOCUS THEIR ENERGY ON DIRTY POLITICS. Grow up , its time to work for the people of Pakistan.

Ahmed Jul 09, 2014 01:11pm

A Good reply to Arsalan Iftikhar Master Nawaz Sharif

Concerned Citizen Jul 09, 2014 01:12pm

The 90s have came back

A concerned Pakistani Jul 09, 2014 01:13pm

Give us a break politicians!

Rafiq Yousafzai Jul 09, 2014 01:14pm

PTI is wasting time by involving herself in non issues.

Malveros Jul 09, 2014 01:15pm

PTI is definitely hijacked now by the likes of Shah Mehmood Qureishi, Shireen Mazari and Asad Umer. The likes of Murad Saeed will now hold conferences. This shows the maturity level of PTI. Hope better sense prevails. The fight is between Imran Khan and Arsalan Iftikhar and now the PM is being petitioned against. The tsunami is getting nowhere. I think if it continues like this then TUQ might emerge as a better alternative to Imran Khan.

S Chaudhury Jul 09, 2014 01:17pm

@M.M.Sherazi Defending the disgraced ex CJ. What a joke

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jul 09, 2014 01:17pm

Nawaz Sharif should be behind bars and he is the prime minister of Pakistan. This is the secret of our failure

Khayyam Jul 09, 2014 01:17pm

Well now we can see true faces of these politicians. It seems amazing to me, how every one reveal wrong doing of other members. Why didn't they reveal such things at start, it is for sure they are HIDING and USING such weapons for their self satisfaction, not for the people who elected them.

Israr Khan Ismailzai Jul 09, 2014 01:19pm

Good job IK.

tayyaba Jul 09, 2014 01:20pm

PTI should not waste time in this resultless issue.

Goga Nalaik Jul 09, 2014 01:22pm


Ahmed Jul 09, 2014 01:24pm

PTI and PAT need to first root out corruption from its own rank and file...only and only than they could claim to have earned moral high ground to call for revolution...otherwise poor common folks will be once again hoodwinked by our time tested polticians...vying to grab power at any is a shame indeed...

Khayyam Jul 09, 2014 01:24pm

What is democracy? All of us, even the intellectuals on this page keep stipulating democracy? Why should we even bother on what these politicians are doing to each other. We elected them to solve our issue. Why can't we (people) just focus on issues which effect us i.e. food, education, transport, health, living etc.

M J Syed Jul 09, 2014 01:31pm

I am no fan of Sharifs or PTI or any other. Somehow I expected Imran Khan's involvement to marginally raise the standard of Pakistani politics. Khan Sahib there are plenty of more important things to do and lifetime is not enough to solve Pakistan's problems.

Shaheen Changezi Jul 09, 2014 01:31pm

@Hammad : PTI or any other party should do it at the time of election. Bank default charges also must be added.

Khan Jul 09, 2014 01:37pm

This dirty game was started by nawaz sharif as he is bad administrator and corrupt politician. Imran will not achieve anything by going the sharifs' way. Imran needs to focus on kpk full time.

AfZal Jul 09, 2014 01:38pm

@SKhan listen its a warning to pmln telling them if u want to play dirty we will not watch and take it!

Maliha Jul 09, 2014 01:39pm

PMLN, heard of the saying, "people who live in glass houses should not throw stones"? What were you thinking when you launched Arsalan? Good response PTI!

Rohail Jul 09, 2014 01:44pm

A mutual agreement (you forget what I did, I forget what you did) in the making.

ashfaq1 Jul 09, 2014 01:55pm

How much of Imran's head space is consumed by this election rigging and power lust... be patient and your time will come and rest assured people will be thoroughly disappointed

Shoaib Jul 09, 2014 01:57pm

this is the dilemma of this country that we don't have the courage to say "NO". only such type of people (Supporter of corrupted people) we are facing such situation in Pakistan and supporting such corrupt, incapable people like N this situation only those people are supporting N League those have their personal benefits because the situation of the people of the Pakistan is getting worse day by day . I just want to say very simple word" The Government which cant control the price of Potato(Aloo) how it can control the whole economy. secondly " Munchi Dukaaan Chala sakta Hai mUlk naheen"

Zkhan Jul 09, 2014 02:01pm

Mr. Arsalan Iftikhar was found hiding income from Federal Board of Revenue in Shoab Suddle commission instituted for finding facts of allegation leveled by Malik Riaz.. The commission reported that he showed an income of one crore against real income of five crores and if I am not mistaken recommended action against him. The PTI should take up this matter with FBR for prosecution

tab Jul 09, 2014 02:08pm

Well played, PTI

Shah Zaman Jul 09, 2014 02:21pm

Keep going PTI, we don't expect anything meaningful from you. You can now cross all limits of decency,

Yasser Masood Jul 09, 2014 02:23pm

Like in any game, if you don't take your shots, you are shot down.

Mohammad Akhtar Jul 09, 2014 02:27pm

All this nonsense should stop. Des not make a sense in the middle of term. The time IK needed to make the Noise he didn't do it why now?

Khan Jul 09, 2014 02:30pm

@M.M.Sherazi you must be someone from Ministry of Information.

Naeem Jul 09, 2014 02:31pm

It seems like either the moderator or all the people commenting here are a team of PML-N. My friend, this is what every party has been doing and is doing.

Khan Jul 09, 2014 02:39pm

Most comments seem to originate from the PML N media cells. The point is no one and I say no one can even come close to Nawaz Sharif when he decides to dig his own grave.There is a popular saying as bail mujhe maar but there is the note popular version which I can't mention is common in Punjab.

Azmeen Jul 09, 2014 02:51pm

PTI must come out of nonissues if it believes in democracy. Obviously this case against PM is in reaction to the case against IK deeds by CJ's son.

Awan Jul 09, 2014 03:18pm

@Khan Mr Khan why you are dragging Punjab in the discussion?. Is PTI against Punjab or against Party?. Also what a shame that PTI is now using Religion for Political purposes. Today if the trend will set to disqualify anyone based on Sadiq and Ameen clause and Article 62/63 then in the future it will could even be used by Dictators or by any political group. PTI must avoid using Religion for Political purposes.

asif Jul 09, 2014 03:39pm

Do any of these guys care about the people? Imran khan is wasting his opportunity to make difference in kp by constantly going after nawaz.

Ali Jul 09, 2014 04:06pm

People just dont get it. Going after Nawaz is the main goal, why? Because Nawaz was the one who stole people's mandate and is now trying to get away with it. Imran Khan is doing what the situation calls for. He gave Nawaz many chances but Nawaz chose to play the dirty game because he knows he is guilty. Doing well in KPK along with bashing PMLN is the way forward. There is no other way this Dynasty system will end and democracy will come in Pakistan. People of Pakistan dont understand what democracy means because there isnt any. Pakistan is a big jungle. You cannot take care of people unless the system is straight.

Asad Haider Jul 09, 2014 04:36pm

This report contains so many factual errors, it was plane high jacking not helicopter, 62 63 is qualification to become MNA/MPA not president. Court ordered inquiry against politicians which was never carried out nor pursued by Ch Iftikhar's one eyed justice. This poor standard of reporting not expected from Dawn.

Shuaib Bhat Jul 09, 2014 04:59pm

@Danial Oh please, I haven't heard something more pathetic. If someone insulted your father publicly and you wouldn't do the same, you're a man with no self-respect.

Sami Ullah Swati Jul 09, 2014 05:16pm

Disappointed by PMLn to have a convict as our head of state. Bravo PTI, bring it on to the forefront to avoid Sharif become PM for the 4th term (permitting he forces another constituional change)!

nadeem Jul 09, 2014 05:28pm

what proof IK had when he declared Arslan Ifthikar corrupt in public in Bahawalpure ..? IK even said that arslan is living like prince , when arslan replied that i am not a playboy , PTI can't take it.

come on IK show respect to others , every day you find some one corrupt that was the theme of your election compain and people rejected it , please stop blaming others and start saying what you have done in kpk, i think there are some positive things that you can project.

Anwar Jul 09, 2014 05:32pm

IK & PTI showed what they can do in 90 days. Protests, Jalsa & Petition's.. All this when his Province is burning. Women and children are struggling.. Oh wait, the 90 day count down is yet to start..

syedz Jul 09, 2014 06:08pm

All the forces of status quo are united to prevent the change in system which if remains will prolong theirs' survival. People are considered more stronger than institutions. Its high time to make the institutions more strong than a person. Unfortunately in recent times the government's dealing with PEMRA, NADRA, POLICE, PIA, Election commission, etc., tells the opposite side of the story. The country is ruled like a kingdom which itself tells the sorry state of affairs. The government's seriousness (federal and provincial, especially Sind government) to the deteriorating law and order situation is evident to all. Point scoring and blame game is continued. There is nothing wrong in it if it is claimed that election is rigged. It is the responsibility of the concerned authorities to prove it wrong and if it is found correct then bring the culprits to justice.

Agha Ata Jul 09, 2014 06:41pm

@Hammad Yes, the madness will continue unless a sane p[person appears to stop it. But he is not in sight yet!

omer Jul 09, 2014 06:49pm

I think Imran khan's stupidity is increasing on the stupid scale ever since he ran for these elections

imran ali Jul 09, 2014 06:58pm

tit for tat.....using Arsalan by PML-N

M aslam Jul 09, 2014 07:01pm

@Naeem Majority of Pakistani people selected PMLN 3 times. Enemies of these people does not like prosperity in Pakistan and trying to destabilize by hook or crook

jalal Jul 09, 2014 07:01pm

Unfethomable stupidity, this man has lost it completely. He needs pshyciatrist Asap!!!!!

Qasim Jul 09, 2014 07:15pm

I'm not sure whether there is a democracy in Pakistan as I believe leaders are elected and not self-selected. Former CJ has compromised his position and his son is like everyone else who has an influential father a spoilt brat..! Its all about money and swagger... nobody gives two hoots about the 97% of Pakistanis who are living a life of misery....

Laksh Jul 09, 2014 07:23pm

Although it lowers the level of politics and grace, but it is fair for PTI to respond to the character assassination attempts by a covert proxy of a very 'obvious rival party'. Sometimes, it is necessary to stoop low to match the rivals to play the game at their level. An expected reaction!

NINO(USA) Jul 09, 2014 07:30pm

I agree that TUQ is an alternative to Imran Khan. Regrettably, one worse than the other in causing disruption in the country. Both are clowns; one should return to his country ,Canada, to continue his business affairs and the other should be getting in touch with Najam Sethi for a job with the cricket matters.

jalal Jul 09, 2014 07:33pm

What a shame, retrospectively, I think PPP was better. Atleast we had no hopes and heart breaks. Enough of "change", I guess......

nak Jul 09, 2014 07:37pm

To all the PML-N supporters. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. You talk about democracy when it only suits you. You are blindly supporting a corrupt govt headed by convicted, corrupt and selfish leaders. you hailed Iftakhar Chaudhry as your hero who is arguable the most corrupt individual who should be put behind bars. you hate Musharaf because he was doing the right thing which just didn't align with your personal beliefs. Time for change has come, you can either mend your thinking and drop this blind support or join the change.

farooq shaikh Jul 09, 2014 08:08pm

Get over it imran khan try to win next election.

Muhammad Tariq Jul 09, 2014 08:17pm

Jobs ,Food , Electricity and shelter are the basic necessities of the life. These are the major problems faced by the general public. Peoples are languishing and dying due to price hikes. These basic needs are beyond the approach of a common man. Instead paying attention and resolving these issues PTI has only one agenda to confront PLMN and topple the government of Nawaz Sharif. Instead of setting up an example of good governess in KPK for the others to follow they have chosen the way of confrontation.This is not a positive thinking, only a path of destruction. PTI leadership are lacking in foresight and wisdom. Introduce the morale and decent ways of bringing change in the country instead of agitations. Imran Khan has lived in Europe he is fully aware about their political system. The kind of politics he is doing in Pakistan is the politics of European's. He learned nothing from there. He could not bring a change in himself. How he can bring a change in the country.

M. Mushtaq Ahmed Jul 09, 2014 08:43pm

@aman and hopefully Bhutto / Zardari as well. Pakistani politics needs to cleansed from family or person base to performance base.

M. Mushtaq Ahmed Jul 09, 2014 08:54pm

IK and Nawaz need to grow up and stop this childish escalation into fight that will have no winners. For a change work to solve peoples issues. IK need to show real progress and Nawaz need to show What progress he has made against his promises made. Pakistan has very very serious security issues, deal with it.

farooq shaikh Jul 09, 2014 08:57pm

Get over it ik

Amjad Wyne Jul 09, 2014 09:24pm

One word that describes them (politicians) all, "criminals"

IKE Jul 09, 2014 09:41pm

This is not good. Why are these men doing this? We the Pakistanis cannot afford this. We have a sitting Government that should complete its term. Period. These men take their personal issues to the court and make it look like a national issue. We should reject every man who does this.

Sultan Rahi Jul 09, 2014 09:54pm

@M.M.Sherazi What democracy Mohammad Sherazi? Sham democracy.... is the only way to describe the circus.

Lucky Star Jul 09, 2014 10:19pm

In fifties, politicians were fighting like cat and mouse, and nothing was being done. Consequently in 1958, Ayub Khan brought the revolution and democracy was derailed. Now some hot-headed politicians are hurling accusations on the government and threatening the government with green revolution and long marches so they can get the piece of the pie without any consideration of the awam.

A Khan Jul 09, 2014 10:22pm

I used to have respect for Imran Khan but he simply turned out to be another fish of the same dirty Pond doing the same dirty politics he promised to eradicate when he created PTI. Establishment is the real Devil in this country supporting and corrupting politicians at their will. Now that PPP and PML-N are acting smart, it seems the devil has found 2 new pipits in PTI and PAT to continue their play.

SalK Jul 09, 2014 10:26pm

I am on the verge of giving up on PTI if this is what I have to look forward to.

PTI, you were the only hope for us and you too are turning into gangsters... shame on Bazud (or whoever he is) and the upper PTI for letting this happen. For shame!

Lucky Star Jul 09, 2014 10:32pm

@Naeem I just want that elected government should do its job without interruption. But Khan sahib and Qadri sahib are dying to derail the governmnet by hook or by crook. They two gentlemen are mostly doing NGO work and have a lot of spare time to play dirty.

Lucky Star Jul 09, 2014 10:48pm

I cannot believe that IK was so careless with women that he had a daughter out of wedlock. So IK is a Pakistani Clinton.

Yawar Jul 09, 2014 11:23pm

This is getting uglier day by day with very negative impacts on Pakistan. Already we the people are under a lot of stress and tension due to extremism, crime, load shedding, unemployment, inflation, substandard education and health facilities, corruption, fraud, lies, etc. We don't need the additional stress of witnessing such squabbling and mudslinging. Please stop this and concentrate on resolving the real issues facing us.

Enaam E. Hanid Jul 09, 2014 11:37pm

What a cheap effort by PTI. If such moves are made then no one in Pakistan will be eligible for the election to such positions.

Nadeem Jul 09, 2014 11:45pm

How we can get rid of this crazy guy (IK ) from pak politics. He is useless and brainless.

Dr Ahmed Aftab Jul 10, 2014 12:00am

I am so disappointed in Imran Khan. Please let the elected Government work in centre just as PTI has been allowed to form a government in KPK. Wait for the next elections and let people judge you on your performance. I used to support PTI and now I don't. I am impressed by the way Nawaz Sharif has carried himself during the elections and after the elections. Please work for the country. It is not the time for street politics but for working together in solving the problems we face.

Syed Ahmed Jul 10, 2014 12:04am

Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif has lost their mental balance. First they amateurishly launched night and day attack on Dr. Thair ul Qadri's residence, than didn't let Emirate Airline plane carrying Dr. Tahir ul Qadri to land at its scheduled destination, Benazir International Airport, made the plane go around over the airport for forty minutes and than diverted it to Lahore. Finally launched the corrupt son of corrupt CJ Ifthikar Mohammad Chaudhry, Arslan Ifthikar to take Imran Khan head on. IK launched a counter attack on Nawaz Sharif which could be prove to be disastrous for Noora league.

Arif khan Jul 10, 2014 12:19am

The two childish leaders,ie nawab and imran are making Pakistan a laughing stock. If we have such leaders then we can safely say Allah hafiz Pakistan .

Muhammad Tariq Jul 10, 2014 01:29am

@Malveros Dear you are right PTI is in the hands of these three jugglers. The have spoiled the early image of PTI. Imran Khan has learned nothing from his foreign experience, the peaceful transitions of political powers. He and his colleagues are ecstatic to topple the present regime. Instead of creating fuss and pandemonium for their own benefits they should pay full attention in resolving the problems of a common man. The must exert their full energy in providing the cheap education, food, electricity and free medical facilities . PTI should adopt the strong measures to create the job market which will help to eradicate poverty in the region. They should set up an extraordinary examples for the others to follow. No matter what they claim their achievements are. They are nothing unless they are visible.

Lucky Star Jul 10, 2014 05:20am

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Right now, originator of Sab Se Pehle Pakistan is under house arrest more or less! When are we going to get rid of these robbers of democracy?

Asif Jul 11, 2014 12:54am

PML-N supporters are out in force on this one :-)

Khwaja Jul 11, 2014 12:46pm

@Nadeem at his best. Just saying.