BHC allows Akber Bugti's grandson, National Party's leader to contest polls

QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Monday announced verdicts on petitions challenging the election tribunal’s decisions, allowing Nawaz Ali Bugti, grandson of Akber Bugti, and National Party leader Nizamuddin to contest the upcoming polls.

A division bench of the high court comprising Justice Naeem Akhtar and Justice Nazir Langove declared Ali eligible to contest provincial assembly seat PB10 (Dera Bugti). He had been disqualified by the appellate tribunal on a plea filed by former home minister Sarfaraz Bugti seeking rejection of Ali’ nomination papers on grounds that he failed to disclose assets.

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The BHC also overturned appellate tribunal’s decision and allowed Nizamuddin to contest the July 25th elections.

Meanwhile, the court reserved judgment on a petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) provincial chief secretary Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) provincial head Haji Ali Madad Jattak was barred from running in the elections.

The two leaders’ nomination papers were rejecting by both returning officers and election tribunal.

The bench also rejected plea filed by Awami National Party (ANP) leader Zamrak Achakzai against Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) National Assembly candidate Abdul Qahar Wadan.

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