LAHORE – An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday declined hearing an appeal against acceptance of nomination papers of PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif from NA-120 and forwarded the matter to the LHC chief justice.As the tribunal, comprising Justice Khawaja Imtiaz and Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan, started proceeding of the appeal filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree and Afshan Ameerud Din, Justice Imtiaz said that in Hudebia Paper Mills case he had given decision in favour of Nawaz Sharif therefore it was not appropriate for him to deal with the matter. The petitioner had submitted in the appeal that Mian Nawaz Sharif during his tenure as the premier illegally shifted his assets worth billions of rupees to foreign countries. He added that the living style of Nawaz Sharif does not match his declared assets. He prayed to the court that according to the Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, Nawaz does not meet the criteria to participate in elections. He prayed that his nomination papers accepted by the returning officer should be rejected. The tribunal dismissed an appeal against the acceptance of nomination papers of PTI candidate Aleem Khan from NA-122 and PP-147. It issued notice on the appeal of PPP candidate from NA-118 Asif Hashmi challenging rejection of his nomination papers, besides issuing notice on the appeal challenging the acceptance of nomination papers of Ayesha Malik. Hearing partial arguments of Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan on the appeal of PPP candidate from NA-98 Imtiaz Safdar Warraich on Wednesday, the tribunal ordered him to come with more arguments on next hearing. The tribunal dismissed appeals of Muhammad Ashraf from NA-95 and Ghulam Sahi from NA-160. It allowed Jahangir Ali to contest elections from PP-106 by dismissing the order of the returning officer who had rejected his nomination papers. Former President Gen (r) Parvez Musharraf filed an appeal against rejection of his nomination papers from a constituency in Kasur. In his appeal, he said that for ten years he had served the country as a president but a RO in Kasur barred him from taking part in elections. He said he was allowed to contest elections from Chitral but not from Kasur. He requested the tribunal to allow him contest elections from Kasur.

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