Imran Khan cleared to contest polls NA-53

Imran terms ‘encouraging masses to struggle for constitutional rights’ as development work


News Desk June 27, 2018
Imran Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

The Election Tribunal on Wednesday cleared Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to contest polls from NA-53 (Islamabad).

Earlier today, Imran appeared before the appallent tribunal after two no-shows to complete his nomination form for NA-53 (Islamabad). The returning officer (RO) had rejected Imran’s nomination papers on technical grounds that the candidate did not fill “Clause N” of the affidavit.

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Clause N of the affidavit is required to mention ‘contribution’ of former legislators made to their respective constituencies during their previous tenure.

His lawyer, Advocate Babar Awan, had filed the appeal against the RO’s decision before an appellant tribunal chaired by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of Islamabad High Court (IHC). However, Imran failed to show up before the tribunal twice. In the last hearing, Justice Kiyani had insisted that he appear in person.

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On Wednesday, the PTI chief appeared before the bench along with his lawyer to fill out “Clause N” of the form in which he mentioned Namal University, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and “encouraging the masses to struggle for their constitutional rights.”

Shortly after submitting the completed forms, the former cricketer left from the back door without speaking to the media.

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