LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) has rejected all petitions against the approval of nomination papers of PML-N’s NA-120 by-election candidate Kulsoom Nawaz.
Two judges in the three-member bench outnumbered the one judge who gave his dissenting note. All three judges heard the petitions in full bench. Returning officer Muhammad Shahid from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) also appeared in the court and told that the body had decided the matter in summary trial.
The court rejected petitioner’s objections after deputy attorney general from the federal government appeared in the courtroom. He said the court held no authority to hear the petitions.
PML-N’s lawyer, representing Kulsoom Nawaz, said no evidence was provided regarding the objections in petition. Law abides returning officer to provide proof when disqualifying a candidate, he added.
Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi gave remarks that election tribunal should be closed if no reason is required to approve or reject nomination papers of a candidate. The court ruled rejection on all four petitions filed against Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers. Justice Lodhi provided his dissenting note with the verdict.
NA-120 by-election is scheduled on September 17. PTI leader Yasmin Rashid will contest the poll against PML-N s Kulsoom Nawaz after the seat was vacated with Nawaz Sharif s disqualification in Panama case verdict. NNI