LAHORE - A returning officer yesterday accepted the nomination papers of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N and Abdul Aleem Khan of PTI for by-election of NA-122.

The RO also completed scrutiny of the nomination papers of the candidates of NA-122.

Pakistan Justice Party and others had challenged the eligibility of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. They said that an election tribunal had convicted him and imposed fine of Rs 2.5 million. The petitioners said that Ayaz Sadiq also did not pay the money imposed on him as fine which was violation of the court’s order.

They had prayed the tribunal to declare him as disqualified and ineligible to contest election. After scrutinizing the documents of Ayaz, the RO accepted his nomination papers. In Abdul Aleem Khan’s matter, the RO held that the complainants failed to prove the allegations they had leveled against the candidate. The complaints had alleged Khan that he was land grabber.