A son and son-in-law of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed will be contesting the upcoming elections for National Assembly seats from Punjab, JuD's Deputy Information Secretary Ahmed Nadeem said on Friday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has accepted the nomination papers of Hafiz Talha Saeed (son) and Hafiz Khalid Waleed (son-in-law) for NA-91 (Sargodha-IV) and NA-133 (Lahore-XI) respectively, the official said.

The two are among 265 candidates who will be contesting the upcoming polls on the little-known Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek's (AAT) ticket. The ECP had earlier refused to register the Milli Muslim League (MML) as a political party, which was considered a political front for the JuD.

Explore: Mumbai's long shadow: What led to Hafiz Saeed's arrest

The MML will put forward candidates from 80 NA and 185 provincial seats from across Pakistan, but the focus will remain on Punjab, where 50 NA and 152 provincial assembly candidates will be contesting from.

An election poster carrying picture of Hafiz Saeed declares Hafiz Talha as an MML-backed, AAT nominated candidate. — Photo courtesy JuD.
An election poster carrying picture of Hafiz Saeed declares Hafiz Talha as an MML-backed, AAT nominated candidate. — Photo courtesy JuD.

NA-91 Sargodha, where Talha Saeed — a lecturer at a university in Lahore — is contesting from, includes his father's native village, Chak 126 South. He will be using AAT's symbol, the 'chair'.

The AAT had earlier denied being in alliance with any political party and said that all candidates contesting the elections under its banner — including those from the MML — will also be members of the AAT.

Aurangzeb Farooqui's nomination challenged

A citizen in Karachi has moved the Elections Appellate Tribunal Sindh challenging the acceptance of Aurangzeb Farooqui's nomination papers from Malir's PS-91 constituency.

The appellant has argued that Farroqui is associated with Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) and Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) — both banned organisations — and has been nominated in the first information report of Khurram Zaki's murder.

He said that Farooqui, contesting under Rah-i-Haq Party banner, has also failed to disclose these details in his nomination papers, which should, therefore, be rejected.

Farooqui had been narrowly defeated in the 2013 elections from the erstwhile PS-128 constituency in Karachi.

Opinion

Good examples

Good examples

It is not impossible for female (or male) leaders to fulfil promises if they have the will and drive to do so.

Editorial

Democracy damaged
Updated 28 Feb, 2024

Democracy damaged

The reserved seats controversy could have been avoided had the ECP by now decided whether SIC deserves them or not.
Misplaced priorities
28 Feb, 2024

Misplaced priorities

THE federal government’s filing of a petition with the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking to overturn an Islamabad...
Killing jirgas
28 Feb, 2024

Killing jirgas

ANOTHER day and another chilling story unfolds in Kohistan. The jirga institution, declared illegal by the top ...
New funds
27 Feb, 2024

New funds

PAKISTAN plans to seek a new loan of $6bn from the IMF under its Extended Fund Facility for a period of three years,...
Missing link
27 Feb, 2024

Missing link

WITH most of Punjab and KP now accessible via motorways, which have greatly eased road travel for the bulk of the...
Tragedy averted
Updated 27 Feb, 2024

Tragedy averted

Pakistan must shed the layers of intolerance that have been allowed to permeate society.