MARDAN/CHARSADDA: The political parties, including Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Awami National Party and Mazdoor Kisan Party, on Wednesday started receiving nomination papers for contesting the upcoming by-elections on two National Assembly constituencies.

The leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl received nomination papers from the election commission for their candidates to contest the by-elections on NA-22 constituency in Mardan.

Officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan said that the PTI provincial lawmaker Iftikhar Ali Mashwani received nomination papers for the party chairman Imran Khan, while the nomination papers were also obtained for former MNA Ali Mohammad Khan as the covering candidate.

On the occasion, Iftikhar Mashwani said though they were waiting for the high court order regarding the by-polls they would not leave the election field open for their rivals.

On the other hand, JUI-F candidate Maulana Mohammad Qasim also received nomination papers to contest the by-election on NA-22 constituency against the PTI chairman Imran Khan.

The election commission officials said that the contenders had to submit their nomination papers till Saturday as August 13 was fixed as the last date for submission of nomination papers.

Meanwhile, in Charsadda, the political parties started receiving nomination papers for by-elections on NA-24 constituency.

The nomination papers were issued to Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leader and provincial president of Awami National Party Aimal Wali Khan and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan for by-elections on NA-24.

Mazdoor Kisan Party candidate Sparlee Mohmand also received nomination papers. Jamaat-i-Islmai obtained nomination papers for its candidate, Charsadda district bar president Mujeebur Rehman Advocate.

Published in Dawn, August 11th, 2022

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