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Rawalpindi: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has officially launched his election campaign as an independent candidate. Speaking at a public gathering in Rawalpindi, Khan emphasized his ability to criticize without rebuking, highlighting his long-standing connections with both the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

He expressed confidence in securing a historic victory on one provincial and two national assembly seats on February 8, aiming to contribute to the process of saving the country. Khan urged his supporters to stay politically vigilant and committed to the end of the voting process, pledging to personally monitor the election results.

In a related development, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) extended the deadline for the submission of nomination papers by two days. According to the revised election schedule, nomination papers can now be submitted until December 24. The preliminary list of candidates is set to be released on the same day, and the scrutiny of the nomination papers will take place from December 25 to 30.

Furthermore, appeals against the decisions of returning officers regarding the scrutiny can be filed by January 3. Election appellate tribunals will be required to deliver their decisions on the appeals by January 10. The extended timeline provides candidates with additional days to complete the necessary procedures leading up to the upcoming elections.