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Tribunal permits Sharifs to contest polls

Published Apr 15, 2013 02:54pm


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Photo shows PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.—File Photo
Photo shows Pakistan Muslim League (N) leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.—File Photo

LAHORE: An election tribunal accepted on Monday Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif’s nomination papers for NA-119 constituency and his brother Shahbaz Sharif’s papers for the NA-161 seat, DawnNews reported.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif's candidacy papers from NA-120 had been challenged before an election tribunal of the Lahore High Court.

Two appeals were filed pleading that the former prime minister had concealed his assets at the time of filing of nomination papers,  further alleging that Mr Sharif was involved in money laundering worth billions of US dollars.

Two citizens Babar Amin and Saeed Iqtidar had also challenged the nomination papers of Shahbaz Sharif from PP-159. 

Moreover, the election tribunal also permitted Pakistan Muslim League Quaid's (PML-Q) Samina Khawar Hayat, whose nomination papers had been rejected earlier for having bogus graduation degrees, to contest the coming polls.

A tribunal also allowed Pakistan Peoples Party stalwart Imtiaz Safdar Warraich to contest elections after his nomination papers for a Gujranwala seat were earlier rejected by a Returning Officer (RO) for hiding assets.

The election tribunal of the Peshawar High Court also allowed the chief of the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rahman, to contest general elections for the NA-27 constituency.


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Immad Apr 15, 2013 10:33am
Shame on the tribunal for allowing the Sharifs for contesting elections. Their corruption, misuse of public money and power, their intentional non declaration of assets, their peanut taxes against their kings like life style and cases against them in courts are all too obvious. The people sitting in the tribunal should be tried for being unjust and biased in favor of Sharifs.
imran Apr 15, 2013 12:34pm
There is saying "You can live under cruelty but not injustice" This my lovely country is probably the most corrupted country being an Islamic estate. What can you say about public or an institution, when the ones who judge are corrupt. This judiciary is a joke, they do what they like and punish what they dont like, while ordinary people like us never get the chance to get justice. If i name myself as Nawaz Sharif, may be i will get justice, but this isnt going to happen this life.
AA Apr 15, 2013 12:37pm
Pakistani politics works on making a non-issue an issue, than after days of discussions, the drama ends just like that.
Patriot Apr 15, 2013 01:42pm
What a joke with so called articles 62 & 63, that person of Raja Rental fame has been allowed to contest polls!!!! Then look at Sharif brothers who, despite being loan defaulters have got green light to contest polls. So called candidates scrutiny has been a drama and an eye wash!!! What a joke with this hapless nation?
Atif Apr 15, 2013 01:49pm
and finally a TOPI drama is coming to an end...and soon all the same culprits will running the affairs of our beloved country once again...
pakiboy Apr 15, 2013 01:50pm
tribunal: "is ur name shareef?" noora: yes Tribunal: "clear!! " ... koi masla nahin agar app nay loan khaey hoon .. mulk sanwaro kay naam par paisay khaey hon .. etc etc .. name musharaf hota tu: koi aur no hota hoa keera bhi nikla laytya !!
nissar (@niissar) Apr 15, 2013 02:09pm
job well done ET,,,,
Mustafa Apr 15, 2013 02:11pm
Misuse of 700 police officers and jawans for protection is okay ? Judiciary is corrupt.
Mazher Haroon Apr 15, 2013 02:49pm
Shame on us. If we can't stop such well known corrupt people from running elections.
Saki Apr 15, 2013 02:53pm
This is the beginning of the rot.....a failing economic state being pushed further into abyss of economic quagmire by all the participants....good luck dear country folks.....
Zahid Apr 15, 2013 02:56pm
Thanks to the Judiciary for bringing the corrupt politicians back into the Political arena....and guess what, in the name of the Law....!!! Shame...!!!!
Masood hussain Apr 15, 2013 03:14pm
these tribunals haha ha.
Irfan Apr 15, 2013 03:20pm
This was expected from judiciary. CJ only likes to talk. How many candidates have they rejected due to fake degrees, dual nationality, loan defaults, unpaid bills, or convicted cases. None.
Ali Apr 15, 2013 03:26pm
Arsalan Iftikhar zindabad.
Ali Apr 15, 2013 03:27pm
What a cruel joke. This judiciary is blindly favouring Nawaz Sharif.
deserted Apr 15, 2013 04:38pm
what is the definition of insanity?..........expecting a different outcome from the same actions (or something along those lines), well, don't hold your breath if the same set of people assume power again (I a not associated with any political party)
Hopeful Apr 16, 2013 06:22am
What a shame.