TOBA TEK SINGH/ARIFWALA/AHMEDPUREAST/KHANEWAL - Returning Officer Ziaul Qamar rejected the nomination papers of PTI candidate from NA-93 Ch Muhammad Ashfaq after his Chenab Mills was found defaulter of Social Security Department.

Though Ch Ashfaq took the plea that he was not a director of the mills and that it had been closed but the RO did not agree and rejected his papers.

Later, he told the newsmen that he was unaware of the default and after paying the funds he would file an appeal. Meanwhile, the RO declared correct papers of PML-N candidate Junaid Anwaar when he produced Silk Bank’s clearance certificate of paying Rs4.6 million for which State Bank had declared him as defaulter. Nomination papers of former PML-N MNA Rana Zahid Hussain were rejected by Returning officer for NA-166 Rai Yaseen Shaheen on objections raised on his degree by rival candidate Raja Tala Saeed and a voter Wahid. The RO accepted the objections and rejected his nomination papers. Meanwhile, Rana Zahid said that he will file appeal against the decision.

Returning Officer Zafar Hussein Bhatti has rejected nomination papers of PPP candidate Arif Aziz Sheikh due to his dual nationality as he is by-birth Australian.

Meanwhile, the court will announce its verdict about Arif Aziz Sheikh on April 9. Returning Officer also cleared the nomination papers of two brothers Makhdoom Ali Hassan Gillan and Makhdoom Samiul Hassan Gllani as they have withdrawn objections against each other. Nomination papers of two arch rivals Qazi Adnan Farid and Mohammad Ejaz Khan Baloch were also cleared while the returning officer also accepted the nomination papers of Ex-MPA Sahibzada Mohammad Gazain Abbasi.

For four seats of National Assembly and eight seats of Punjab Assembly in Khanewal, nomination papers of following candidates has been accepted by the respective returning officers.

Returning officer for NA 156 Mian Abdul Ghafar accepted the nomination papers  of  Syed Fakar Imam, former federal minister Raza Hayyat Hiraj and former Punjab minister Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardazi  of PTI for provincial assembly seat. He rejected the nomination papers of Rana Irfan Mehmood for PP-213, Mazhar Abas Sargana for PP 212 and Imran Iftikhar’s papers for NA-157.

Returning Officer Qamar Ijyaz accepted the nomination papers of Dr Waqar Ahmad Khan, Sardar Ahmad Yar Hiraj, Col (r) Abid Shah Khaga. Nishat Ahmad Khan Daha and Ch Uzair Latif for the National Assembly seat.

Returning Officer for NA-158 Mian Channu Jalil Ahmad accepted the nomination papers of NA candidates Pir Aslam Bodla, Muhammad Manshah, Abdul Ghafoor and Mazahar Iqbal.

FIVE CLEARED: Returning Officer Chaudhry Mahmoodul Hassan accepted nomination papers of five major candidates from NA-109.

The nomination papers of PPP candidate former federal minister Nazar Gondal, Major (r) Zulfiqar, PML-N Nasir Bosal, former MNA Chaudhry Ijaz and PML-Q Arif Gondal were accepted without any objection.