LAHORE -  Former finance minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday moved an appeal before the Lahore High Court challenging rejection of his nomination papers by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for Senate election to be held on March 03.

Dar filed his appeal through special attorney Advocate Naseer Ahmad Bhutta while Advocate Salman Aslam would appear as his counsel.  An accountability court had declared Dar an absconder in corruption references.

The appellant said that the returning officer rejected his nomination papers without thoroughly checking the facts. He said the returning officer was bound to hold proper security of the nomination papers required under the Representation of People’s Act, 1976 but he failed to do so. He alleged that legal formalities were also not followed by the RO while deciding his nomination papers.  He asked the court to set aside decision of returning officer and allow him to contest election of the Senate.

On Feb 12, the RO had rejected nomination papers of former finance minister Ishaq Dar on a petition moved by Punjab opposition leader Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf. 

He had said that Dar had been facing corruption charges and had also been declared an absconder by an anti-terrorism court. The petitioner also questioned signature of Dar on his nomination papers. After hearing argument of the petitioner, the RO rejected nomination paper of Dar on the basis of discrepancy found in his signatures.

An appellate tribunal headed by Justice Aminuddin Khan of the Lahore High Court would take up the appeal on Friday (today).

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf leader Andleeb Abbas approached the Lahore High Court on Thursday challenging acceptance of nomination papers filed by two PML-N candidates including Nuzhat Sadiq and Sadia Abbasi, sister of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Andleeb Abbas alleged that the respondents did not mention their assets and liabilities owned by them and their spouses despite the fact that they were bound to show up under Representation of People’s Act 1976.

The petitioner said the respondents also concealed details of their income tax and wealth tax. She submitted that by concealing facts, the respondents committed violation of law. Therefore, she pleaded that they should be declared ineligible to contest election. She prayed the court to set aside decision of the RO and declare the respondents ineligible to contest Senate polls.