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Senate election: Pervaiz Rashid challenges rejection of nomination papers by ECP

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 PML-N chief Pervaiz Rashid. Photograph: File 
  • PML-N chief Pervaiz Rashid has challenged the ECP’s resolution to reject his nomination papers
  • Says the returning officer of the ECP “illegally rejected the papers”
  • Says he was able to pay the dues he owes to the Punjab Home as required by the ECP however the administration didn’t settle for it

LAHORE: PML-N chief Pervaiz Rashid has challenged the Election Fee of Pakistan’s resolution to reject his nomination papers for the upcoming Senate election.

Rashid has filed an enchantment on the Election Tribunal of the Lahore Excessive Court docket and a listening to associated to the matter will happen on Saturday, February 20, Geo Information reported.

In his enchantment, Rashid acknowledged that the returning officer of the ECP “illegally rejected the nomination papers,” including that he was able to submit Rs9.5 million to the administration of the Punjab Home as required by the ECP for the aim however he didn’t obtain the associated financial institution particulars.

ECP rejects Rashid’s nomination papers

A day in the past, Rashid’s nomination papers had been rejected by the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on allegations that he had defaulted on funds that have been to be made to the Punjab Home.

The Punjab authorities had launched a listing of individuals in 2018 who had not cleared their payments for staying and taking meals on the Punjab Home. Rashid was amongst those that have been named within the record.

PTI MPA Zainab Omar had filed an objection in opposition to Rashid by her lawyer Rana Mudassar to the returning officer/provincial election commissioner in Lahore.

“Imran Khan can’t tolerate criticism,” Rashid had stated, reacting to the event as he spoke to media. “I criticise [the government] hence efforts are being made to keep me out of the parliament.”

Rashid had accused the federal government of getting ready a pretend ‘demand’ in opposition to him. “To dispose of this fake demand, I am ready to make the payment,” the senior PML-N chief had stated.

“You can close the doors on me, but you can’t stop my voice,” he had stated, addressing the federal government. “I will appeal against the decision to reject my nomination papers.”

Rashid had alleged that pretend circumstances in opposition to PML-N leaders have been being made, accusing the federal government of preserving political opponents “away from the field”.

“I did not keep silent then and I will not be silent now,” he had stated. “People such as me are like a thorn in their [government’s] side,” he added. 

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Defaulters’ record

In line with the record launched by the Punjab authorities a few years in the past, Rashid and a number of other PML-N leaders, authorities officers and their kin owed a complete quantity exceeding Rs60 million.

As per the record, Rashid owed a sum of Rs7.05 million of which Rs0.69 million was owed for his keep in 2011 from January to August and Rs6.4 million for his keep between June 2013 and Could 2018. The record additionally talked about the title of his daughter, Poonam Rashid, additionally a Senator, who owed Rs2.7 million.

The record contained the names of former legal professional normal Ashtar Ausaf who needed to pay Rs0.6 million, Khurram Rashid Rs2.2 million and Malik Zulfiqar who was allegedly a defaulter of Rs0.287 million.

Moazzam Ali was to pay Rs2.9 million, Mujahid Sherdil Rs1.287 million, Mustafa Ramday Rs3.952 million and Nabeel Awan Rs2.597 million, in response to the record.

Former minister Anushay Rehman and Zubair Gul have been additionally stated to be defaulters of funds amounting within the tens of millions. 

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