PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry allowed to contest elections from Jhelum

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Lahore High Court (LHC) has allowed Fawad Chauhdary to contest election from his native constituency while nullifying the decision of rejection of his nomination papers by Election Tribunal.

As per media reports, the nomination papers of Fawad Chauhdary from his native constituency NA- 67 Jhelum were rejected by Appellate Tribunal previous day and this decision was challenged by Fawad Chauhdary in LHC.

A 2 member bench of LHC headed over by Justice Mazahir Akbar Ali Naqvi took up the appeal of Fawad Chaudhry for hearing on Thursday. The spokesman of PTI, Fawad Chauhdary took the stance in his appeal that according to the tribunal, he had not provided the details of his foreign expenses worth Rs. 32 lac.

It is the victory for PTI and the people of Jhelum. I am thankful to entire lawyer fraternity particularly office bearers of  Lahore High Court Bar, Pakistan Bar Council and the Punjab Bar who appeared on my behalf’’, he underlined in his twitter post.

Appellate Tribunal has rejected my nomination papers contrary to facts’’, he added. He further asserted that tribunal has not reviewed the documents of the assets attached with his nomination papers.

A verified copy of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was also attached with the nomination papers but tribunal declared him disqualified while ignoring the attached documents.

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Court now has allowed Fawad Chauhdary to contest election from his native constituency NA-67 Jhelum while setting aside the decision of tribunal and also issued notices to Election Commission (EC) and Tribunal.

On the other hand, after having been declared qualified to contest election, Fawad Chauhdary has said in his tweet that suspending my disqualification decision, Lahore High Court has permitted me to contest election.

Lahore High Court (LHC) has allowed Fawad Chauhdary to contest election from his native constituency while nullifying the decision of rejection of his nomination papers by Election Tribunal.

It is the victory for PTI and the people of Jhelum. I am thankful to entire lawyer fraternity particularly office bearers of  Lahore High Court Bar, Pakistan Bar Council and the Punjab Bar who appeared on my behalf’’, he underlined in his twitter post.

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This news came on the heels of the life-time disqualification of the former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi which has exacerbated problems for PML-N. Moreover, several other prominent PML-N leaders such as Daniyal Aziz have also been barred from contesting in next general elections.

Pundits believe that PML-N will continue to disintegrate and be damaged due to internal rifts over tickets and control of the party. PTI is set to make gains in Punjab at the expense of PML-N and may form government in the center. However, Pakistani politics is unpredictable and major upsets should not be ruled out.

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