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Objections to Bilawal’s papers rejected

The appellate court objected that the appeal was not accompanied by a certified copy of the RO decision

By Ali Raza & News Desk
January 03, 2024
Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (R) submits his nomination papers at the deputy commissioner office in Shahdad Kot of Sindh on December 24, 2023. — AFP
Pakistan Peoples' Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (R) submits his nomination papers at the deputy commissioner office in Shahdad Kot of Sindh on December 24, 2023. — AFP

LAHORE: The Returning Officer of NA-127, Lahore, on Tuesday issued a written decision to approve the nomination papers of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, rejecting the objections to nomination papers of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman.

The RO stated that the complainant, Muhammad Ayaz, did not belong to NA-127, and was a resident of Narowal.

The complainant objected that Bilawal was the PPP chairman while his nomination papers were submitted under the banner of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians.

Meanwhile, the Appellate Court Branch raised an objection on the appeal filed against the approval of nomination papers of PMLN supremo Nawaz Sharif from NA-130.

The appellate court objected that the appeal was not accompanied by a certified copy of the RO decision.

The head of Pakistan Awami Mahaz, Ishtiaq Chaudhry, filed an appeal against the acceptance of Nawaz Sharif’s nomination papers in which he took the stance that Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court for life and he was not eligible to contest the election and the Returning Officer, contrary to the facts, approved his nomination papers.

Furthermore, an appellate tribunal challenged the approval of Shehbaz Sharif’s nomination papers from Constituency NA-132. In the appeal of Shahid Orakzai, the position was adopted that Shehbaz was the mastermind of the attack on the Supreme Court and himself attacked the apex court through workers.

Accordingly, they cannot be allowed to contest the elections and Shehbaz should be prevented from participating in the election and the court should annul the RO’s decision to approve the nomination papers.

Separately, an appellate tribunal in Rawalpindi approved Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid’s appeal against nomination papers rejection for hearing, local media reported. The ROs had rejected nomination papers of Rashid for NA-56 and NA-57, Rawalpindi.

Appellate tribunal judge Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf issued notices to ROs. The court fixed the hearing on January 04 and summoned the NA-56 and NA-57 ROs.