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Tribunal allows Abbasi, others to contest polls

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday has been allowed to contest the upcoming general elections from NA-53 after appellate tribunal rejected objections against his candidature.

During the proceedings, the election tribunal declared returning officer’s decision as null and void.

Talking to media, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that nation will decide the fate of PML-N now, adding that he has never bowed before anti-democratic forces.

PML-N will again come into power, he claimed.

On the other hand, appellate tribunal has cleared Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan from NA-72 and former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi.

Former Interior Minister Khawaja Asif was also given green signal to participate in the elections from NA-73 Sialkot.

However, PTI Chief Imran Khan has been summoned to record his stance over petition against his candidature in NA-35.

Earlier, a petition PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s nomination papers was also dismissed for constituency PP-173 of Punjab Assembly.

The tribunal had also rejected the objections regarding PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s candidature for NA-243.

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