ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was behind the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-67 Jhelum-II constituency.
Reacting to the election tribunal’s decision sustaining an appeal against his candidature for the parliament seat, Fawad said the “move is aimed to adversely affect my election campaign”.
The PTI leader claimed to have been warned against holding any press conferences against the former chief justice or he would ‘face consequences’.
Fawad Chaudhry further alleged that the Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi was ‘very’ close to former CJP Chaudhry. “Every one knows how he was appointed a judge. The legal fraternity is well aware of his integrity and moral standing,” he said.
The PTI leader also announced to approach Supreme Judicial Council and Pakistan Bar Council against Justice Lodhi. He added that the judge’s ‘malafide intention’ can be witnessed from the fact that at first his nomination papers were accepted but later the said judge took up the matter afresh and rejected the same nomination papers.
Stating that rejection of the nomination papers was a ‘small price to pay for a bigger cause’, Fawad expressed hope that his nomination papers would be accepted within next couple of days asking his voters and supporters to continue his election campaign without any fear.