Imran Khan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi among others barred to contest polls from NA-53

  • Four aspirants submitted incomplete affidavit in nomination papers: RO
Elections 2018

ISLAMABAD – The Returning officer has rejected the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan as well as former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for NA-53 seat.

The nomination papers of four contestants were rejected on Tuesday for submitting incomplete affidavit form.

According to the returning officer, Imran Khan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ayesha Gulalai and Sardar Mehtab Abbasi did not fill the affidavit as per its requirement and the rejection comes over violation of Section N of the affidavit.

‘The candidates did not comply with the orders of the Supreme Court in their nomination papers,’ remarked the returning officer.

NA-53 is one of the five constituencies for which the PTI supremo is contesting the forthcoming polls; the verdict regarding his nomination papers for NA 53 was reserved earlier on the day.

The decision regarding Imran’s candidacy for NA-243 is still reserved while he has been cleared to contest polls for NA-131 seat of Lahore.

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Imran’s nomination papers for the NA-53 constituency in Islamabad were challenged earlier this month by Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party candidate Abdul Wahab Baloch, who contended that the PTI chief did not fulfil the criterion under articles 62 and 63 on the issue of Sita White and her daughter Tyrian – the charge was not entertained by the RO.

During the hearing of the case regarding the objections raised against Khan on Tuesday, his counsel Babar Awan read Article 62 of the Law of Evidence (1984), arguing that the reservations against his client were unfounded and unsubstantiated.

The senior lawyer said that the accusations against PTI supremo had no legal value as one of the reservations that pertain to his illegitimate daughter Tyrian White have never been proved with any evidence nor have any claims been made by the 26-year-old girl or her mother.

Moreover, he added that any verdict given against his client in the United States was not binding on the Pakistani law.

‘Pakistani Constitution states that any person prosecuted by the Pakistani courts is not eligible to contest elections, however, no such verdict has been given against Khan anywhere in Pakistan,’ he argued.

Babar, who is also a part of PTI, said that the allegations were merely created over the social media which should be regulated under cyber laws.

He said that in Khan’s written response, the reservations have been denied and if that’s not the case, the Supreme Court (SC) has declared the PTI chief as Sadiq and Amin.

Tyrian White is the daughter of the late British socialite, Sita White. The lady had won a default judgment in a paternity suit against Imran Khan in a Los Angeles court in 1997. The decision came after Khan refused to provide his DNA samples to prove or disprove paternity.