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SC to hear PPP Faisal Mir petition against Kulsoom Nawaz candidature

Islamabad: Supreme court of Pakistan accepted the plea of PPP candidate Faisal Mir regarding the Lahore High court decision of Kulsoom Nawaz acceptance of nomination papers for NA-120.

According to a cause list issued by the court, a three-member bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed will hear Mir’s petition on September 18, a day after the NA-120 by-poll is scheduled to be held.

Mir has stated in his application that Kulsoom failed to submit details of her tax returns and statements of assets and liability. She purposely concealed her assets and did not disclose the agreement for a United Arab Emirates iqama (work permit) attached with her nomination papers, therefore she is ineligible to participate in the by-election under Articles 62 and 62 of the Constitution, the application said.

The PPP leader has urged the SC to quash the high court’s September 13 verdict which dismissed the appeals challenging the acceptance of Kulsoom’s nomination papers.

An LHC full bench with a 2-1 majority decision had on Wednesday dismissed three identical petitions challenging Kulsoom’s candidature.

PPP’s Faisal Mir, Advocate Ishtiaq Ahmad Chaudhry of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Nabeel Shahzad of the Milli Muslim League (MML) had filed the petitions invoking the writ jurisdiction of the high court. They had challenged the decisions of the returning officer and an election tribunal whereby nomination papers of Kulsoom Nawaz were accepted.

The NA-120 by-election is scheduled to take place on September 17. The parliamentary seat had fallen vacant after Nawaz was disqualified under Article 62 of the Constitution in the Panamagate case by the Supreme Court.