LAHORE - A returning officer on Monday reserved verdict on the petitions challenging nomination papers of former National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N.

Advocate Malik Munsif Awan, Advocate Ishtiaq Ch and Ambar Shahzada had filed the petitions. The petitioners stated that Sardar Ayaz Sadiq cannot contest the election because he had been convicted for his alleged involvement in rigging of NA-122.

An election tribunal had also imposed fine wroth Rs2.5 million on him which he could not deposit so far, they said. They also alleged that Ayaz Sadiq was a defaulter and did not meet Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution. They also questioned the foreign visits paid by the de-seated MNA of the ruling party.

They alleged that the ex-Speaker National Assembly failed to justify his properties mentioned in the nomination papers. He prayed the court to declare Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as disqualified.

The counsel of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also raised objection on the complaint saying that it was time barred.

The RO, however, reserved decision on the maintainability of the complaint till Tuesday (today).