Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi leader Ali Haider Zaidi shared on Sunday what claimed an iqama (a UAE firm work permit) belonging to Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif.
He tweeted that “the whole family is involved in money laundering” and attached a picture of what appeared to be Kulsoom’s iqama.
However, it could not be verified if the iqama was real or not. The document does appear to have been stamped by an election commission official.
Zaidi’s tweet came just a few days after Kulsoom’s nomination papers were filed to contest the forthcoming by-election in NA-120, the seat her husband was forced to vacate last month after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring his iqama in his nomination papers for the 2013 general elections.
The by-election will be held in about 45 days.
Earlier, it was decided that Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz’s brother, will run for the vacant seat. However, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz later changed its decision believing that he should continue to remain the chief minister of Punjab.
Others in the race for NA-120 include Dr Yasmeen Rashid of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Hafiz Mian Zubair Kardar of the Pakistan People’s Party and advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhary of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek.