LAHORE – Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been allowed to contest elections from his hometown NA-57, by the Lahore High Court.
A two-member bench on Friday suspended the appellate tribunal’s judgment and allowed Abbasi’s candidature for the said constituency.
Headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, the bench heard Abbasi’s appeal against the election tribunal’s decision of disqualifying the former premier for life in the backdrop of Article 62 (1) (f) for “concealing facts and withholding information”.
The tribunal’s decision read that Abbasi doesn’t fulfill requirements under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, forwarding a notice to the returning officer who rejected the nomination papers.
The former premier had shared that the Election commission and Supreme Judicial Council should take notice of making the election controversial.
He also moved Lahore High Court against the decision through his counsel Khawaja Tariq Rahim, asserting that the appellate tribunal’s jurisdiction only extended to approving or rejecting returning officer’s stance.
“It cannot disqualify a candidate for life,” stressed the petition.
The former premier had prayed to the high court to set aside the verdict in NA-57 (Murree) by Justice Lodhi, which was approved, paving way for the former chief executive of the country to woo voters of his ancestral town.