Saad Rafique's first wife withdraws from electoral race after admission of polygamy

03:29 PM | 20 Jun, 2018
Saad Rafique's first wife withdraws from electoral race after admission of polygamy
LAHORE - Former Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique is paying the price of disclosing his second marriage as his first wife has taken back her nomination papers for the upcoming elections.

Saad Rafique’s first wife Ghazala Saad has withdrawn her nomination papers for NA-131 after the PML-N leader mentioned about his second wife in the nomination papers submitted to the Returning Officer

The political leaders are declaring all their personal information and dependents in their papers in order to wade through Article 62 and 63 and Rafique had mentioned in papers that he had married Dr Shafaq Hira, a TV anchor associated with satte-run PTV.

The withdrawal of nomination papers by Ghazala Saad as a covering candidate is confirmed, however, it is not clear yet whether she took the step to express her anger against or for some other reasons.

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Though Saad did not admit polygamy when rumors swirled regarding his second marriage in 2016 but the election scrutiny put him between a rock and a hard place, prompting him to disclose the relationship with Shafiq Hira.

Mrs Ghazala Saad Rafique, first wife of Khawaja Saad Rafique, has been elected as Member of Punjab Assembly in general elections 2008 against one of the seats reserved for women.

Her husband served as Member, Punjab Assembly during 1997-99, as Member, National Assembly during 2002-07 and served as Railways Minister for the previous government. Ghazala's brother-in-law, Khawaja Salman Rafique was a member of Punjab Assembly from PP-142 in 2013.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has concluded the inital scrutiny of nomination papers on Tuesday following which appeals are being heard by the polls watchdog.