LAHORE - An appellate tribunal yesterday dismissed appeal against the eligibility of Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan of PML-N for the chairmanship of union council 107.

Aziz Masood, a voter of the UC, had filed the application through his counsel Sheraz Zaka and challenged the order of the returning officer who had accepted his nomination papers for local government’s election.

The petitioner told the court that Ahmad Hassan is already holding a public office as he is chairman of Lahore Development Authority and is involved with local administration by being director of the Lahore Waste Management Company. He said that under Section 27 of the Local Government Act 2013, a person who was in the service of a statutory body controlled by a provincial government was not eligible to contest the election of local bodies.

Advocate Rai Shahid Saleem Khan, the counsel of respondent Khwaja Ahmad Hassan, opposed the arguments of the petitioner’s counsel and submitted that the petitioner failed to establish the his case before the returning officer when he was scrutinizing the papers of his client. Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan was honorary vice-chairman of LDA and he did not enjoy perks and privileges because no perks and privileges were attached to the said post, argued the counsel.

He said that the post did not fall under the definition of service of Pakistan.

After hearing both sides, additional district and sessions judge Nadeem Anwar Chaudhary dismissed the application challenging his eligibility for the election.