PTI lawmakers approach ECP for disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz

Published: July 9, 2014

PTI MNAs Muraas Saeed and Ali Muhammad Khan seen coming out of the Election Commission of Pakistan after filing a petition against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: ONLINE

PTI MNAs Muraas Saeed and Ali Muhammad Khan seen coming out of the Election Commission of Pakistan after filing a petition against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: ONLINE Express News screengrab of PTI MNAs Murad Saeed (L) and Ali Muhammad Khan (R) speaking to the media outside the ECP.

ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members of the National Assembly (MNAs) filed a petition with the Election Commission of Pakistan against the prime minister, seeking his disqualification.

Addressing the media outside the ECP office in Islamabad on Wednesday, MNAs Ali Muhammad Khan and Murad Saeed said they had filed the petition which called for the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as a member of the National Assembly.

Khan added that the prime minister was no longer “sadiq” and “ameen” and was therefore, not eligible to be an MNA.

He added that Nawaz Sharif was misusing his power to provide benefits to his family.

Saeed said his party has also demanded certified copies of the prime minister’s nomination papers.

He remarked that Nawaz Sharif does not fulfill the requirements of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution and hence, could not even take part in elections.

Referring to the Asghar Khan case, he claimed that the prime minister was a defaulter. The premier was one of the politicians accused of receiving monetary favours from agencies in order to rig the 1990 elections against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Prime Minister Nawaz, however, has denied the allegations.

Saeed further alleged that the premier brokered a deal with former president Pervez Musharraf to go abroad when his government was toppled over during the 1999 coup, and further accused him of lying to the nation.

“We have proofs of his moral misconduct but we are not bringing up such matters at the moment”, a PTI leader told The Express Tribune

In case the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) or Arsalan Iftikhar take up the matter of Imran Khan’s alleged turpitude, PTI seems all set to bring up alleged scams of PML-N politicians in an apparent tit-for-tat move that has come to define the nature of politics in the country since the 1990s.

Every parliamentary candidate needs to fill in the prescribed nomination papers, before contesting elections. Candidature of every contestant is evaluated by the returning officers (ROs) under Articles 62 and 63 before declaring a candidate qualified to enter the election race. In case someone is not satisfied with the ROs decision, they can approach higher forums.

However, at the time of the elections, neither of the two parties had raised objections over the other’s nomination papers. Eventually, leaders of both the PTI and PML-N managed to win from multiple seats in last year’s general elections.

Meanwhile, ECP officials have said they are willing to give both sides copies of the requested documents.

After completion of the documentation, a reference can be filed with the speaker of the National Assembly in the case of the prime minister and the PTI chief.
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Reader Comments (60)

  • Faisal Ahmad Jafri
    Jul 9, 2014 - 2:55PM

    PMLN get ready for tit for tat. You alleged Imran Khan on below the belt issues but PTI will raise genuine issues. Great move.

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  • Arsie
    Jul 9, 2014 - 2:59PM

    What a childish move by the revolutionary party. Imran Khan is making a joke of himself. Some people never learn.

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  • Malveros
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:03PM

    PTI’s madness continues.Recommend

  • String theory.
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:05PM

    Sharif family can not get disqualified , it is third world country known for its mismanagement. Dont do politics of first world in Pakistan

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  • Layman
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:06PM

    Dear PML N you dragging this country into chaos by your rude, dictatorial and unethical behavior, if PTI would have witnessed any change in your politics even after the massive rigging of May 11 they would have not went for the long march, instead you took stay orders and created hindrances in the work of elections tribunals, you continue using police and DPO in by elections to get votes for you, you are still using state institutions for your own benefits instead of the country..you used them to kill innocent women and men, you should have shown serious interest in electoral reforms, reform in you own way of politics, you should have investigated and punished at least those who are visible in rigging videos and proved from thumb verification that they caste more then one vote, instead you are playing dirty politics, victimizing your opponents, oppressing them using police and state institution, I thought you would learned from pat but the DNA i think remains the same of PML N politics.Recommend

  • Shahzad
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:06PM

    Seriously PTI is making mockery of itself !!

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  • Ali
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:07PM

    Now Norra League will call for the negotiation over four constituencies…
    I wounder how there supporters are justifying PM visit to Indian Steel Tycoon with his son.

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  • sa
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:07PM

    IK should accept his daughter , and ask forgiveness from nation

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  • ikhlass
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:08PM

    chalo we surely will be needing a new pm soon

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  • Chachoo
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:11PM

    Imran Khan is dragging Maulana Tariq Jameel in his tweets now a days and His party members are using Islam and words like Sadiq and Ameen to exploit them in Politics. Imran should remember that what goes around comes around. Using Religion for Political Mileage is a dangerous trend and PTI should be ashamed for doing that. Also if you live in a glass house then you must not throw stones at anybody.

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  • waqas
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:12PM

    nothing will happen to both nawaz and imran khan

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:22PM

    Buhahahahahahahah! And these political novices fell straight into the trap that PML-N had laid so beautifully in the form of Arsalan Iftikhar. A word of advice for the likes of IK, PML-N will drag you down from your high moral horse and then beat you silly. This is exactly what has been done now and IK can now surely kiss his long march goodbye. Recommend

  • zero
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:23PM

    eXcellent..
    thIs news made my day. lets see what PMLN supporters have to say.. if a person like imran khan is not eligible for N.A, than i guess none sitting in N.A are eligible.

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  • Frank
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:38PM

    Nawaz Sharif must do the right thing in order to avert a crisis here and make someone else party leader and PM. Nisar Ali Khan or Ahsan Iqbal would be good choices. Further, as a lover of democracy I’m sure he appreciates that it is undemocratic for one man to be the leader of a party for nearly three decades.

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  • Timorlane
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:40PM

    Man I’m so fed up of all this unending humbug that I want one real draconian martial law (not happened so far in this country) cleansing this country of all the corrupt fats rats and their cronies of all kinds, all criminals, all TV talk shows, putting a total ban on politics for at least next 50 years.

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  • Taimoor
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:44PM

    Good. PTI reps didn’t attack Nawaz below the belt. They highlighted his corruption, etc.

    Even it’s tit for tat, it’s a valid step.

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  • Asad@NYC
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:44PM

    Totally makes sense!

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  • Sami
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:45PM

    Good Shot by PTI..

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  • pakistani
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:51PM

    lol, PTI always the mourning baby. Always crying about foul play in everything. Arslan put some blames on IK and here we go again. IK has his puppets out defending his past wrong doings.

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  • Salman Khwaja
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:51PM

    The fact that a corrupt and ill-intentioned person like NS is this country’s pm is just sad. These cases need to brought out in open and NS should be tried for all his crimes

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  • A J KHAN
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:54PM

    Bravo.
    London Bridge is falling down,
    Falling down, falling down,
    My fair Baldy
    Build it up with wood and clay,
    My fair Baldy.

    Wood and clay will wash away,
    Wash away, wash away,
    Wood and clay will wash away,
    My fair baldy.

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  • ishtiaq
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:58PM

    When tahir ul qadri was shouting about article 62 and 63 these PTI guys were making fun of him. Now dear PTI please stop shouting about this.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:00PM

    Hehehehehehehehe the fan club people and worshipers of the cult were sleeping till date. No one bothered to challenge NS’s candidature when he filed his nomination papers during the elections of 2013.

    These yoyos have so nicely caught themselves in the rat-trap laid out by PML-N.

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  • JB
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:05PM

    @Pakistani IK’s past wrong doings??? Mind enlightening us his wrong doings while being in power? And what wrong doing did these ‘puppets’ defend above? And can you defend your dear leader’s wrong doings??

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:08PM

    @Taimoor:

    Even Musharraf tried his best highlight NS’s corruption but couldn’t do didly squat, you know why? Cause there was nothing there! IK can do no better.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:08PM

    We need a real revolution and the only visionary and revolutionary leader on the blocks is Dr Qadri. He is the only one who speaks abou changing the whole corrupt system and not just a few individuals.

    Dr Qadri we are with you and waiting for the final call to get rid of this “muk muka” corrupt government.

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  • Seriously
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:08PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    lol. Just laughing hysterically doesn’t prove you are enjoying the moment. No sir, Pmln did not drag PTI in it intentionally. The problem with PMLN is that they work on their raw instincts centuries of evolution that brought social norms to human beings do not apply to them, they are still animal inside. What happened on May 11th, 2014 clearly proves my assertions.

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  • Malveros
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:11PM

    PTI will remain a party of jesters and jokers. Brainless zombies keep marching ahead in this fashion and do not focus your efforts on IDP’s.

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  • Zaida P
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:14PM

    Imran Khan is ‘sadiq’ and ‘ameen’?

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:19PM

    Another example of sheer hypocrisy – PTI considers judiciary and ECP to be in the pockets of Nawaz Sharif and IK himself has blasted the same institutions by chastising them and their conduct as being “Sharamnaak.” How come he has now decided to repose his trust in the same institution?Recommend

  • LHR
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:25PM

    Bravo and well done PTI….. We must do anything and everything to avoid IK answering questions raised by Irsalan Iftikhar.

    Also some more clever tactics like this will be required so we can also divert attention from questions raised on KPK Govt which i believe are coming next.

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  • LHR
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:35PM

    I think if IK can simply answer YES or NO to Arsalan’s petition ……….than these youthful PTI MNAs and MPAs will not have to waste their time on such dheg-challian ……..and may be can spend time on some other activities like running KPK Govt, law-making etc etc???

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:40PM

    One would have been so impressed had the KPK government been proactive like Ali Mohammad Khan and Murad Saeed and charged those 3 QWP Ministers for corruption and graft.

    Alas, in the world of Deen-e-Imrani the things which rules the roost are Dhandli, Dharna, Nach-Gana, Ringling Brother & Barnum and Bailey Circus.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:54PM

    When will IK also address the following challenges/allegations:

    Khawaja Asif – Abusing Chanda and Zakat Money for personal and political gains
    Iftikhar Ahmed – IK to present evidence against GEO of election rigging
    Arsalan Iftikhar – Ah, well y’all know

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  • LHR
    Jul 9, 2014 - 5:21PM

    Brilliant tactics by IK in tackling Arslan’s petition.

    Get Murad & Ali to disqualify NS as PM
    Then get majority votes in NA by …….making alliance with PMLQ and Molvi Qadri
    Then get himself elected as PM and fulfil the long life dream
    Once elected as PM dissolve ECP using Molvi Qadri approach and get Arsalan’s petitioned quashed!!

    Killing 2 birds with one stone……not just a great legend but a great visionary is our IK

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  • bilal
    Jul 9, 2014 - 5:29PM

    Love you PTI. It shows you are not scared and wont back down just because the Givt thinks it can blackail you. All odds are agaisnt PTI , but one must admire their courage.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 9, 2014 - 5:32PM

    Clever tactics to divert people’s attention from Arsalan Iftikhar’s questions

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  • Aslam Shah
    Jul 9, 2014 - 5:36PM

    I smell a “my dear fellow countrymen” speech from our past…

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 5:43PM

    Instead of making his kiddie MNAs a butt of all jokes, IK should be a man that he pretends to be and instead travel to USA, submit himself to DNA testing and challenge the verdict of California Superior Court. Make good use of Jehangir Tareen’s and SKMH endowment fund money for a change.

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  • Hammad
    Jul 9, 2014 - 6:06PM

    Arsalan Iftikhar has only asked one question. If Imran Khan answers that in yes or no, the whole problem is solved and CJ’s son will withdraw the reference. But PTI suffers because Imran Khan cannot face the nation. His paranoia is so great that he hears a noise and think PMLN is behind it.

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  • Ashar Pervez
    Jul 9, 2014 - 6:12PM

    @sa: Why forgiveness from the nation?

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  • Taimoor
    Jul 9, 2014 - 6:37PM

    Those here saying IK should clearly answer Arsalan Iftikhar’s questions, they should know that IK’s personal life is none of their business!

    IK is not bound to answer anything about his personal life to anybody!

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  • Fauzia
    Jul 9, 2014 - 7:54PM

    Get rid of article 62 and 63 that are vague and impractical and are being used only for blackmailing law makers.

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  • Aik_Paki
    Jul 9, 2014 - 8:55PM

    @sa:
    NS should also accept the past and current affairs of Hamza and Maryam and ask for forgiveness.

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  • Haseeb
    Jul 9, 2014 - 8:58PM

    Illogical steps being taken by PTI.
    It makes no sense.
    Immature politics by Imran Khan as usual.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 9, 2014 - 9:38PM

    @Taimoor Actually IK’s person life is every one’s business! Just like he is blaming every one and any one for his loss and making others lives difficult. That said, though I don’t agree with this third child issue, the FACT is that IK has a third child out of wedlook in Los Angeles, USA. He was called in to a LA county superior court house as a father and gave up the rights of his daughter to her mother. He has THREE CHILDERN and that should have been noticed on the nomination papers. He lied and wrote only two. No one but he is to blame for this!

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  • Tanweer Syed
    Jul 9, 2014 - 10:53PM

    Dheer Aye Drust Ahe
    Keep it up

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  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 10, 2014 - 12:00AM

    @Adnan Keep it up! Nothing will come out of this as these are old news and NS will simply continue to serve as a PM. Where as, Imran khan with a clear lie hopefully will be kicked out for good.

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  • Ta Daa! Dan Dun!
    Jul 10, 2014 - 5:09AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Ha ha ha ha ha! Let’s have a cricket match between the two!
    Our days are numbered, lol!
    At least we tried breaking his leg,
    @Ashar Pervez:
    @Fauzia:
    @Haseeb:
    @H Chaudhry:

    Bye…..bye!

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  • Usman
    Jul 10, 2014 - 7:46AM

    @sa: The fact that your pathetic comment got this many likes shows the mental level of PMLN supporters.

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  • Usman
    Jul 10, 2014 - 7:48AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: These supposed traps have been failing since Oct 2011, and will continue to fail :)

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  • Shaheen
    Jul 10, 2014 - 9:55AM

    All my best wishes for PM Nawaz Sharif.
    No hope from these politicians doing politics of agitation.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 10, 2014 - 9:57AM

    @Taa Daa My friend there is no need tosay Bye Bye. NOTHING will happen to NS or his eligibility. The motion will be denied citing past incidents etc. Where as, Imran Khan has a clear Lie on his papers and he is in deep trouble.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 10, 2014 - 10:16AM

    And then there is also a small matter of that tweet from Umar Cheema which led to IK blowing his upper deck off even though his name wasn’t mentioned in that tweet. You heard it here folks, that tweet will go on to become national news in a few days.

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  • Shahid
    Jul 10, 2014 - 11:49AM

    Pathetic politics by Imran Khan and company. The time when nation needs to be united they are splitting the nations only for their own interest.

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  • Ullo bata
    Jul 10, 2014 - 12:34PM

    An Open Letter to Queen Elizabeth:

    Your highness, can you please take charge of Pakistan, again! We are very sorry for asking for independence but since then we are falling down the ditch and now have touched the bottom of filthy ditch. We cherish the days your father ruled us with justice and brought to us prosperity in form of railways, irrigation, and other mega projects of public interest and there was peace and justice for every citizen. Now we have nothing but a bunch of selfish, ruthless, corrupt politician ruling us. We know you must be angry, but please for god’s sake, consider my request.

    …………………………………………………….

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  • Queen Elizabeth
    Jul 10, 2014 - 3:26PM

    @Ullo bata: Betta, why are you bothering me here down-under? I can’t do much now. As a matter of fact; I realized, after couple hundred years, it was a mistake to conquer India. You guys are a nutcase. We couldn’t even sell enough tea to pay for our overhead, you know? But look at the bright side: You can read & write in my language. Isn’t that great? We can still talk now, right?

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  • Zara
    Jul 10, 2014 - 5:35PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi
    Your comments and language you are using in your comments show the typical mentality of PMLN n PMLN supporters. If PMLN can’t defend themselves or can’t compete, all they do is they start character assassination of opponent, be it I.K or Benazir. Recommend

  • Zara
    Jul 10, 2014 - 5:39PM

    All those, who are blaming I.K for SKMH zakaat money. You guys need to visit SKMH. I pay my zakaat to SKMH and have visited it many times, and i’m sure this money is in safe hands. Go and apply these cheap pmln tactics somewhere else.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 10, 2014 - 10:14PM

    @Zara:

    Sister, you simply need to enlighten us whether Arsalan Iftikhar’s query has merit or not? PML-N will never have a hard time assassinating a cheap character. Also tell us why IK is gunning for GEO and Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman on the basis of a benign tweet from Umar Cheema.

    As for embezzlement of SKMH and PTI party’s fund, where is the much trumpeted forensic audit which is yet to be publicized despite repeated requests by overseas donors and PTI office bearers? If you need further information on this loot and plunder of donor funds, better contact Muhammad Nadeem Iqbal and Akbar Sher Babar on their respective facebook pages and they will tell you how he the bank accounts of paid employees of the PTI’s Central Secretariat were used as a front to collect millions of rupees donations from various sources. Hard earned money of PTI donors were deposited in these front accounts that was then withdrawn by the paid PTI employees in whose names the bank accounts operated.

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