LAHORE  - A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Friday stopped a PPP candidate from contesting the polls by dismissing his petition and provisionally permitted the PML-Q candidate Ch Wajahat Hussain to contest election. The court also allowed three candidates of PML-N and one of PTI to contest elections by suspending orders of election tribunals which had rejected their nomination papers. The bench disposed of petitions challenging acceptance of the nomination of PTI chief Imran Khan and PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz by directing the petitioners to seek remedy from the election commission by raising the same allegations there. The bench also issued notice to former PPP minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on a petition challenging his candidature.
The bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan and comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi on Friday disqualified former PPP minister Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan from NA-79. The bench held that allegations of not paying agricultural income tax were proved against him and he could not contest elections. The bench held this while dismissing his petition against rejection of his nomination papers by returning officer and then by election tribunal.
The bench while hearing petition of PML-Q candidate Ch Wajahat Hussain against rejection of his nomination papers from NA-104 and PP-108, Gujrat, provisionally allowed him to participate in election and issued notice to returning officer for April 24. He was blamed for not paying tax. The bench ordered the returning officer to include his name into the eligible candidates. On an appeal by ex-MPA Nawabzada Ghazanfar Ali Gull of PPP, the election tribunal had rejected his nomination papers. Gull accused Wajahat of getting bank loans written off and also concealing his assets in the nomination papers.
Hearing a petition of Amina Khan, a voter, against candidature of PTI chief Imran Khan, the court directed her to raise her objection before the election commission which was the proper forum and disposed of the petition. She alleged that Imran Khan had illicit relation with a European woman Sita White and had also a daughter out of that relation and a court of California (USA) had also verified the illegal relations between Imran Khan and White and parenthood of their daughter. She requested to declare Imran Khan disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
The bench issued notice to PPP former minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on a petition challenging acceptance of his nomination papers from NA-106, Gujrat. Bench sought reply from Kaira till April 22. Muhammad Shabbir, a voter, had filed petition against him. He submitted that in a contempt case against his brother he (Kaira) assured the court that he would fulfill the outstanding liability besides giving a cheque of Rs 1 million as guarantee but failed to fulfill his commitment and cheque was also bounced. He said as such Kaira was not an honest person, therefore, he did not fulfill the criteria set in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. The bench also disposed of a petition requesting to restrain PML-N former MNA Hamza Shahbaz from contesting general elections from NA-119, Lahore with directions to the petitioner to approach the election commission.
A PPP candidate Sohail Malik had filed the petition. He submitted that Shahbaz was not an honest and righteous person as he did not disclose his assets before the election commission. He also said that Hamza concealed his marriage with Ayesha Ahad Malik. He submitted that Hamza did not fulfill the criteria laid down in Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution to become member of the parliament.
The bench holding proceedings on a petition of a PTI candidate from NA-162, Rai Hasan Nawaz, provisionally allowed him to contest election after suspending the order of the election tribunal which declared him disqualified.
The bench provisionally allowed PML-N candidate from NA-162 Sahiwal Chaudhry Zahid Iqbal whom an election tribunal had disqualified to participate in elections on the basis of having dual nationality. The bench issuing notice to returning officer for April 22, directed him to include his name into the eligible candidates. Iqbal’s counsel informed the bench that his client had renounced nationality of UK, therefore, he could not be barred from participating in the election. Ch Zahid Iqbal had to vacate his National Assembly seat, NA-162 (Sahiwal-III) in November 2012 due to his dual nationality after the order of the Supreme Court. In the by-elections held on 4th December 2012 Zahid Iqbal of PML-N had won this seat.
The bench also provisionally allowed PML-N candidate from PP-135 (Narowal) Khawaja Muhammad Waseem by suspending operation on an order of the election tribunal which declared him disqualified. The bench adjourned further hearing for next week. Allegations against him were of being tax evader and concealing his assets.
The bench declared disqualified Rana Jameel Hasan alias Good Khan, a candidate of PML-N from PP-174 Nankana for being a defaulter of Rs 9 million.