MULTAN - Out of a total of 862 candidates, who got nomination papers for national and provincial assembly seats, as many as 450 submitted their papers as the paper submission phase ended at 12:00am on the night between Sunday and Monday. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that the process of scrutiny of nomination papers had begun and it would continue till April 7. The candidates are likely to face tough scrutiny as the ECP looks determined to strictly implement Article 62/63 of the constitution.

Local ECP officials said that as many as 190 candidates submitted their nomination papers for national and provincial assembly seats on the last day. Prominent among those who have so far submitted their nomination papers are vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Shah Mehmood Qureshi, secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Liaqat Baloch, former federal minister Malik Mukhtar Awan, former MNAs Rana Mahmoodul Hassan, Sheikh Tariq Rasheed, Ali Moosa Gillani, Syed Abdul Qadir Gillani, Javed Ali Shah, Malik Ishaq Bucha, PPPP South Punjab general secretary Malik Aamir Dogar, Liaqat Dogar and former federal minister Malik Sikandar Hayat Bosan.

Meanwhile, those who submitted their nomination papers on the last day included Syed Asad Murtaza Gillani, Syed Ali Qasim Gillan, Malik Zulfiqar Raan, Zulfiqar Ali, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Ch. Din, Mian Ibrahimi, Mubarik Shah, Syed Aizaz Mahboob Hamzai, Mazhar Abbas and Malik Zulfiqar Ali Dogar for NA-148, Ahsan Yousuf Tahir, Tasdeeq Waheed Siddique, FarooqBhatti, Latif Ansar Lajpal, Mukhtar Ahmad, Ahmad Kamran, Shahid, Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Khalid Khakwani, ShabbirRana, Fayyaz Ahmad Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Sharif, Tariq Naem Arshad, Farrah Noreen, MianAsifMahmood, Iqbal Khan Khakwani, Fahad Ali Khadal, Muhammad Aslam Haans, Muhammad Idrees Jami and Syed Hassan Raza Gillani NA-149, Muhammad Mukhtar Hussain Somro, Malik Safdar Abbas, Khalil Ahmad Javed, Muhammad Ahsan Yousuf Tahir, Riaz Ahmad, Imran Khan Lodhi, Ataur Rehman, Sultan Mahmood Malik, Arif Mahmood Bhutta, Rana Mahmoodul Hassan, Muhammad YaqoobMasood, Shahzad Salim Khan, Akhtar Bhutta, RaoLiaqat Ali, Malik Aslam Dogar, Syed Abdul Jabbar, SumeraKhurshid, Murtaza Tahir, Rana Tariq Hassan NA-150, Rana Iftikhar Noon, Ahmad Hussain Dehar, Latif Ansar Siyal, Syed Abdul Qadir Gillani, Syed Ali Haider Gillani, Malik Asif Nazar Dehar, Wasim Khan Badozai, Saed Nargis, Sajjad Ali Hamdi, Mian Azhar Maqbool, Dr Murtaza Haider, Fayaz Ahmad Khan, Malik Asim Dehar, Ahmad Asim Dehar, Tehreem Fauzia and Mushtaq Masih.

Fesco BoD chief quits: Nadeem Aftab Sindhu has voluntarily resigned from the office of Chairman Fesco Board of Directors (BoD).

He was heading Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) BoD for the last 2 years.

He is contesting election on PPP platform from PP-64 and hence he decided to voluntarily resign from the office.

In a statement, he clarified that there was no constitutional bar to resign from the office, however, he himself decided to resign from the office so as to avoid any unnecessary criticism and political exploitation.