Rawalpindi, December 31, 2023 — Awami Muslim League (AML) Chairman Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced his decision to take legal action against the rejection of his nomination papers by the returning officer (RO). In a press conference held in Rawalpindi, Sheikh Rashid expressed his intent to move the courts, challenging the RO’s verdict.

During the press conference, Sheikh Rashid vehemently denied the allegations leveled against his nomination papers, asserting, “I swear that I never made my way to the rest house in Murree. My way is being stopped for the sake of bringing the corrupt person.” He further lamented the lack of provision of a copy of his disqualification by the RO, alleging a violation of the law to favor a purportedly corrupt individual.

The reserved verdict on Sheikh Rashid’s nomination papers from NA-56 had raised concerns and prompted the AML chief to consider legal recourse. Sheikh Rashid insisted that fake nomination papers had been prepared to impede his candidacy and expressed the need to approach either the high court or the Supreme Court for redress.

He emphasized his compliance with the declaration of assets to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), underscoring his commitment to transparency.

As Sheikh Rashid gears up for legal challenges, the unfolding situation adds complexity to the political landscape, highlighting the legal battles and controversies that often accompany the electoral process. The resolution of this case is likely to have broader implications for the electoral dynamics as the country approaches the crucial general elections on February 8, 2024.

With Thanks: Sama News