Ayaz Amir’s articles run afoul of Articles 62, 63

Published: April 5, 2013
I don’t know what the ideology of Pakistan is, as everyone has his own interpretation, says Ayaz Amir.

I don’t know what the ideology of Pakistan is, as everyone has his own interpretation, says Ayaz Amir.

I will file an appeal before the Election Tribunal ... hopefully I will be given justice, says Faisal Saleh Hayat. I don’t know what the ideology of Pakistan is, as everyone has his own interpretation, says Ayaz Amir.

‘Ruthless scrutiny’ claimed an unexpected victim on Thursday as former Pakistan Muslim League-N lawmaker and noted columnist Ayaz Amir saw his nomination papers rejected.

Amir, who intended to stand from NA-60 Chakwal, fell foul of articles 62 and 63 as the Returning Officer decided that some of Amir’s own newspaper articles were “against the ideology of Pakistan”. Speaking to The Express Tribune, a visibly shocked Amir said “What can I do? This seems to be sheer illiteracy. The RO does not seem to understand the articles in question, which were written in English. What will be the fate of the nation if you give such authority to people like this?”

Amir also vowed to file an appeal against the RO’s decision, but said he was unsure whether he would get justice. “I don’t know what the ideology of Pakistan is, as everyone has his own interpretation”, said Amir.

Ayaz Amir, a renowned journalist, joined politics from the platform of the PML-N and was elected a member of the National Assembly from NA-60 Chakwal in 2008. He was the only PML-N MNA to speak out against the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, unanimously passed by the lower house on April 14 2009.

Faisal Saleh Hayat’s papers rejected for ‘water theft’

Apart from Amir, former interior minister Faisal Saleh Hayat also saw his papers rejected, on the allegation that he was guilty of water theft.

“My papers were rejected but it has nothing to do with ruthless scrutiny”, responded Hayat. “I was blamed for water theft, but the fact is that I have nothing to do with any canal water,” said Hayat.

Hayat added that nomination papers should not be rejected only on the basis of complaints by opponents, but that they should be thoroughly investigated. “I will file an appeal before the Election Tribunal on Friday and hopefully I will be given justice”, said the senior politician, who had filed his nomination papers from NA 87 Jhang as an independent candidate.

Pakistan People’s Party candidate Abid Hussain, the son of former Speaker National Assembly Fakhar Imam, also had his papers rejected on the allegation of water theft.  He was also intending to stand for elections from the same constituency as Hayat.

Meanwhile, the political career of former federal minister for education and training, Sheikh Waqas Akram, also seems to be bleak after his A-level certificate was declared fake. Akram, who had previously won elections from NA-89 in Jhang city, had recently joined the PML-N.

ECP says RO’s independent in decision making:

Inundated by inquiries regarding the scrutiny proceedings being conducted by ROs across the country, the ECP has issued a press to clarify its position. The ECP says that the ROs are members of the judiciary and they are carrying out duties independently. The ECP also stated that it has not given directions to the ROs as to how to decide the fate of nomination forms. The ECP says it only provides data, as received from the Federal Bureau of Revenue, State Bank of Pakistan, and other governmental authorities to the ROs.

Tribunals to hear appeals against decisions of returning officers:

Once the ROs complete scrutiny of nomination papers by April 7th, there will be three days for the candidates to file appeals against their decisions to special tribunals.

The ECP has notified the members of these tribunals, who are judges of the high courts of the respective provinces. As per the election schedule, the candidates can file appeals with the tribunals by April 10th.

The tribunals would have to decide these cases by April 17th. Aggrieved candidates would still have option to approach the Supreme Court against the decisions of the tribunals, but very few candidates are likely to opt for this option since only one day will be left for the ECP to finalise the list of candidates and start the process of printing of ballot papers.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2013. 

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Reader Comments (13)

  • PiS
    Apr 5, 2013 - 3:49AM

    There is a name for what ECP is doing, it’s called ‘Witch hunt’.


  • Usman
    Apr 5, 2013 - 4:07AM

    Again, ridiculous disqualifications will only lower the confidence in the ECP, and make disqualifications like that of FSH seem ridiculous too. I can understand if FSH is disqualified due to his law breaking past, but Ayaz Amir’s case is baffling. ECP must ensure candidates are only disqualified for breaking the law, otherwise, it will find it harder to disqualify on a genuine basis.


  • Raham Dil
    Apr 5, 2013 - 9:09AM

    Well done ECP! Keep it up. Do not show any leniency.


  • Adnan
    Apr 5, 2013 - 9:28AM

    Has anyone commented above read the article, if not then please go and read it carefully..it’s absolutely against Nazariye-Pakistan .Atleast I dont want someone to represent Pakistan who has such views….


  • KM
    Apr 5, 2013 - 9:37AM

    Wasn’t Ayaz Amir also involved in a rape case in Chakwal not too long ago ?


  • Apr 5, 2013 - 9:48AM


    This is what one can call a misunderstanding of the subject matter written by the honorable Ayaz Amir. The Urdu translation must have been unable to convey the import of the original. Is the returning officer sufficiently qualified to understand the English version after comparing it with the Urdu transcript? However, an appeal will clarify the rejection and Mr. Amir will Inshallah win the NA-60 constituency.



  • nasir afridi
    Apr 5, 2013 - 10:11AM

    this is ridiculousRecommend

  • Apr 5, 2013 - 11:13AM

    Pakistan was not founded by one man. Even Jinnah said he wanted Sharia based Constitution. All other Muslim Leaguers were eager for Pakistan to be an outright Islamic State.

    So, its only natural these things happen. I am Indian but all for such Islamic procedures of rooting out the weed. :)


  • kanwar abuallh tariq
    Apr 5, 2013 - 12:12PM

    i think no one is above the law. But ECP should take care that the candidates who are disqualified will be with a strong argument or logic. in ayaz amir case there are huurdles and many people have a lot of objection on this decision. May he is having a chance to give his argument againest the decision. By the way ECP have a responsibility to satisfy him and other analyest, who are talking in his favour.


  • alphabravocharlie
    Apr 5, 2013 - 12:50PM

    article 62-63 should also be for voters ready to vote this elections…otherwise how we expect a job well done …


  • Parvez
    Apr 5, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Article 62 – 63 introduced by a dictator is now being used under a so called democtratic process to do what it was intended to do………..ironic but it is legal.
    Why didn’t the Rabbani Commission ammend this when they had the chance ???


  • joy
    Apr 5, 2013 - 2:36PM

    “ECP says RO’s independent in decision making:”
    This statement has me baffled. The ROs are supposed to be part and parcel of the Election Commission and should be working according to the directives of the commission especially once the elections have been announced.


  • pak_liberal
    Apr 5, 2013 - 3:08PM

    Even is Quaid-e-Azam was standing in front of the Returning Office today, he would have been rejected!


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