- PTI chief Fareed Rehman has challenged Yusuf Raza Gilani’s nomination below Articles 62, 63
- Listening to of the case turned controversial after PTI chief was granted extra time for arguments
- Yusuf Raza Gilani says he can’t be disqualified for circumstances being heard in opposition to him
ISLAMABAD: The returning officer (RO) on Wednesday reserved the decision in a plea filed by PTI looking for the rejection of the candidate papers of former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
The RO was listening to a plea filed by PTI chief Fareed Rehman urging the ECP to reject the nomination papers of Gilani, the joint candidate of PDM from Islamabad, as he was convicted by the Supreme Court docket.
The listening to right now was held twice after the RO granted time to the PTI chief’s lawyer to give you arguments.
On the early morning listening to, the RO granted time to the PTI chief until 3pm to give you arguments within the case.
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When the PTI counsel sought additional time, it was opposed by Gilani’s lawyer.
The previous prime minister’s lawyer contended that his shopper has accomplished the sentence given to him by the Supreme Court docket. He added that after finishing the sentence Gilani was capable of contest the election.
“Yusuf Raza Gilani’s disqualification ended in 2017,” stated the lawyer.
Nevertheless, the returning officer rejected the argument and granted time to the petitioner’s lawyer to submit his argument by 3pm right now.
When the listening to resumed at 3pm once more, the PTI chief, by way of his lawyer, contended that the previous prime minister doesn’t meet the factors as outlined by Article 62 and 63.
He additionally argued that the PPP chief’s nomination papers be rejected as NAB was listening to the Toshakhana reference in opposition to him. He alleged that the previous premier “abused” his powers as a PM.
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“Violation of PM’s oath [leads to] lifelong disqualification,” stated the PTI lawyer.
He stated that as circumstances are being heard in opposition to the previous prime minister he shouldn’t be allowed to contest the elections.
Nevertheless, Gilani’s lawyer intervened and claimed that the case in opposition to his shopper was filed to hold out a media trial. He added that the PTI lawyer was solely giving references of circumstances that have been below trial.
He additional instructed the RO that if a case is below trial, it doesn’t imply that Gilani’s nomination papers ought to be rejected.
The lawyer additionally instructed the RO that the sentence given to Gilani lasted lower than 5 minutes. He quipped that he didn’t know that the PTI chief was “arguing the case on behalf of the National Accountability Bureau”.
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The RO, after listening to the arguments, reserved the decision within the case and adjourned the listening to until 9am the subsequent day.
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Earlier right now, when the RO granted extra time to the PTI lawyer, Gilani, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf spoke to the media outdoors the ECP’s workplace.
Abbasi alleged that the ECP has made the senate elections “controversial”.
“Election commission has made the Senate elections controversial,” stated Abbasi.
However, Gilani stated that had Ashraf and Abbasi not been with him right now then his nomination papers would have been rejected.
The PPP chief additionally hit out on the ECP for “double standards”, saying the physique rejected Nayyar Bukhari’s request for an extension when the occasion sought it however granted the PTI chief extra time.
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To this, Abbasi additionally added that if Gilani’s proposer and seconder weren’t current for a listening to then his nomination would have been rejected.
PTI challenges nomination papers of Yusuf Raza Gilani
The ruling PTI has challenged the nomination papers of the Opposition alliance PDM’s joint candidate Yusuf Raza Gilani for allegedly hiding “facts”.
PTI chief Fareed Rehman has claimed in his petition that the previous prime minister didn’t point out in his papers that he was convicted by the Supreme Court docket.
He added that by not mentioning the conviction Gilani doesn’t meet the requirements required of a lawmaker below Article 62. He additionally claimed that the candidate was not of “good repute”.
The PTI chief has appealed that the previous prime minister’s nomination papers be rejected.
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The PDM had nominated Yusuf Raza Gilani as its consensus candidate from Islamabad. He was proposed as a candidate by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and was seconded by former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Gilani, who was the prime minister from 2008 until 2012, was eliminated after he was convicted by the SC.
The SC had handed down a symbolic punishment lasting lower than a minute to Gilani and convicted the previous premier for contempt of courtroom.