The election tribunals working at the principal seat of the Lahore High Court Thursday heard 143 election appeals against decisions of returning officers. Two election tribunals dismissed 42 appeals whereas 83 appeals were adjourned and five appeals were allowed. However, the tribunals returned 13 appeals to the Election Commission with a request to fix it before another tribunal after judges refused to hear the matters. The tribunal, comprising Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh and Justice Shahid Waheed, heard 74 appeals and allowed one appeal whereas 18 were dismissed and remaining 54 adjourned. But, the tribunal referred an appeal against acceptance of Liaqat Abbas Bhatti’s nomination paper from NA-103, to the Election Commission for fixing it before another tribunal after Justice Shahid Waheed observed that he had been associated with the parties.
The tribunal allowed appeal filed by Rana Lal Badshah against rejection of his nomination papers from PP-135 by returning officer concerned and accepted his nomination papers.
Meanwhile, the tribunal, comprising Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad and Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan, heard 69 election appeals and allowed four appeals whereas 24 appeals were dismissed, 29 adjourned and 12 appeals were referred to the Election Commission for fixing it before another tribunal after judges refused to hear matters.
Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad refused to hear appeals against acceptance of PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif nomination papers from NA-120 and PP-161 respectively, observing that he had already heard a case regarding them. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan also refused to hear appeals against acceptance of Imran Khan’s nomination papers from NA-122 for personal reasons.
The tribunal referred the matters to Election Commission with a request to fix it before another tribunal. The tribunal allowed appeals filed by Ahmad Saeed Bhatti, Sarfraz Ali, Badar Munir Bhatti and Muhammad Akram Chishti against rejection of their nomination papers and accepted their nomination papers.
The tribunal issued notices on appeals filed by General (retd) Pervez Musharraf (NA-139), Seemal Kamran (Reserve seat), Samina Khawar Hayat (Reserved seat) and Kashmala Tariq (Reserved seat) against rejection of their nomination papers for April 12 and 15.