Rawalpindi, January 20, 2024 — The fate of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid’s nomination papers for NA-56 hangs in the balance as the verdict on their scrutiny has been reserved. The decision comes after a meticulous hearing during which the authenticity of Rashid’s nomination papers was thoroughly examined.
During the scrutiny process, Sheikh Rashid asserted, “There is no reality about the allegations leveled against my nomination papers. The fake nomination papers had been prepared. I feel the need to approach the high court or the Supreme Court.” He further emphasized that he has duly declared all his assets to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
The process of scrutinizing nomination papers has been marked by heightened legal scrutiny and challenges, with the nomination papers of several prominent figures facing objections. Notably, the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan were rejected for Lahore’s NA-122 and Mianwali’s NA-89 constituencies.
In the case of Imran Khan, objections raised by former PML-N MPA Mian Naseer were accepted by the returning officer. The objection centered around the alleged non-relation of Imran Khan’s proposer and seconder to the NA-122 constituency. This led to the Election Commission of Pakistan disqualifying the former PTI chairman for five years.
From Mianwali, the returning officer cited that Imran Khan is a defaulter of salaries for officials in the social security department, further complicating his eligibility for the upcoming elections.
The political landscape continues to witness intense scrutiny and legal battles as the elections draw nearer. The reserved verdict on Sheikh Rashid’s nomination papers adds another layer of complexity to the unfolding narrative, setting the stage for further legal proceedings and challenges in the days ahead.