PTI challenges Supreme Court rejection of nomination papers

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There has been an announcement by former chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, that he intends to challenge the Supreme Court’s rejection of nomination papers submitted by top party leaders.

On Sunday, one of the top leaders of the Pakistani Peoples Party (PTI), Asif Ali Zardari, was speaking to Geo News’ programme ‘Naya Pakistan’ in which he criticized the ECP’s decision to reject the nomination papers of top leaders of the party ahead of the general elections.

During the course of the Saturday scrutiny process, Barrister Gohar admitted that the nomination papers of a few candidates were rejected on a technical basis, but that many of the top leaders of the PTI faced rejection. Additionally, he claimed that a person who had filed an objection to the nomination of Sanam Javed did not even know the details of what was happening.

According to the politician, total of 550 nomination papers from candidates of other political parties were rejected during the nomination process.

Likewise, he made sure that it was made clear that the former ruling party had already recommended the appointment of judges to oversee the electoral process.

A petition will be filed with the Supreme Court and we hope to see judicial intervention in this case,” he announced during his press conference.

The PTI’s Barrister Gohar categorically declared that the party would not boycott the general elections for any reason.

According to him, so far no consultation has been made with Imran Khan, who is incarcerated at this time, in relation to party tickets. The jail authorities at [Adiala] have told me to meet the PTI founder on Tuesday and Wednesday. I believe I will be able to do so. In our next meeting, I would like to discuss party tickets with Imran Khan.”

As a further point of interest, the former ruling party also stated that the candidature papers of the key leaders of its party, including Imran Khan, had been rejected almost 90% of the time, whereas the nomination papers of the other parties had been accepted 100% of the times.

In the first phase of the elections, security officials, the police, caretakers and the Election Conduct Committee have played the role of facilitators by providing support to Nawaz Sharif. “I believe it is truly shameful what Nawaz Sharif’s government is doing to put 250 million people’s futures at risk simply so he can get the approval of Nawaz Sharif,” alleged the PTI on its official Twitter account, which was previously known as its official X handle.

Earlier in the day, after the ECP had concluded its scrutiny stage, several political bigwigs’ nomination papers had been rejected on the grounds of insufficient information.

PTI was dealt a major setback after the Election Commission of Pakistan rejected the nomination papers of the party’s incarcerated founder Imran Khan – from NA-122 and NA-89 – as well as the nomination papers of the party’s Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi from NA-150 and NA-151.

A former Punjab health minister and PTI leader, Dr Yasmin Rashid, had also been rejected by the ECP in NA-130, while Ejaz Chaudhry had been rejected by the ECP in NA-127, where his nomination papers had failed to secure the approval of the ECP.

There was also a failure to get approval from the top electoral body when PTI’s nomination papers were filed by Mohammad Atif Khan (NA-22) and Naeem Haider Panjotha from NA-82, which is Khan’s counsel.

The ECP rejected the documents of PTI’s Ali Amin Gandapur from NA-44 – a decision, which Ali Amin Gandapur has announced that he will be challenging in the high court tomorrow.

The ECP rejected nomination papers submitted by Hammad Azhar of the PTI in PP-172,

The relevant RO in Bhakkar’s PP-90 rejected the nomination papers of Khan’s cousin Irfan Ullah Niazi, the cousin of PTI founder Khan.

There has been an opportunity for candidates to appeal against the decisions of the Returning Officers (ROs) in the elections, however.

It was announced Saturday (Sunday) that the third phase of the general elections had begun, during which the returning officers were allowed to appeal against their decision to reject or accept the nomination papers of the candidates running for election.

That news provided by timenews.

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