LAHORE - A Lahore High Court appellate tribunal  Thursday allowed former provincial education minister Syed Ali Raza Gillani to contest upcoming general election from PP-184, Hujra Shah Muqeem, Okara.

A returning officer had rejected the nomination of Syed Raza Ali Gillani for concealing assets including a luxury car and income tax on agricultural land.

However, being aggrieved, Gillani challenged the decision before the appellate bench, stating that he had already sold his car last year and got it transferred in the name of the buyer and also paid agricultural income tax.

After hearing the arguments of the appellant’s counsel, the tribunal set aside the decision of the returning officer and allowed Gillani to contest election from PP-184, Hujra Shah Muqeem, Okara.

Taking up other two similar appeals moved by PMLl-N’s candidate Saiful Malook Khokhar for NA-135 and  and Rana Hayat from NA-140, Kasur, the tribunal issued notices to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). PTI’s leader Talib Nakai had challenged the nomination papers of Hayat accusing him of concealing his assets.  PTI’s Dr. Firdous Ashique Awan’s nomination papers were also challenged before the tribunal.

Zaid Latif, a voter from NA-72 Sialkot, challenged her nomination papers, saying that she concealed details of her assets and properties. He alleged Awan did not fill columns relating to marriage and children in the nomination papers.  PTI’s another leader Dr Zarqa Suharwardi award of her party’s ticket to Munazza Hassan for reserved seat. She said Munazza  was a dual national and she also failed to declare her assets in the nomination papers.