BHC bars PTI Balochistan president from contesting elections

QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Tuesday upheld an election tribunal’s decision disqualifying Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) provincial president Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind from contesting the general polls from N-260 and PB-17.

Rind’s nomination papers had been rejected by a returning officer while a subsequent application was also dismissed by the appellate tribunal. He has been allowed to contest from PB-7. A spokesperson for Rind said he will plans to challenge the BHC decision in Supreme Court.

The two-member bench comprising Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Jusitce Nazeer Langove also barred former provincial minister Faiq Jamali from contesting elections in light of submission of a fake degree. Jamali had been cleared to contest elections by the appellate tribunal.

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Justice Afghan and Justice Langove also heard a petition filed by Saeed Ahmed Hashmi through counsel Advocate Ameer Muhammad Tareen on non-provision of voter list by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). During court proceedings, an ECP representative assured that the list will be provided to the candidates soon. The petition was withdrawn after the assurance.

On Monday, the bench rejected the petition filed by Awami National Party’s Engineer Zamrak Achakzai against acceptance of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party’s National Assembly candidate Abdul Qahar Wadan.

The former interior minister will contest elections from NA-59, NA-63, PP-10 and PP-12

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