Acceptance of nomination papers: SC rejects petitions against Kulsoom Nawaz

 
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ISLAMABAD, Sep 18 (TNS):  The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Monday rejected the petitions against the acceptance of nomination papers of Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, for NA-120 by-election.

Hearing the petition, filed by Pakistan Peoples Party’s Faisal Mir, the three-judge bench observed that the petitioner, who lost the by-election to Kulsoom on Sunday, did not provide sufficient details.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed, who headed the bench, observed that the petitioner has levelled accusations but did not provide proof.

Addressing Mir’s counsel, Justice Maqbool Baqar remarked that there were alternative forums for remedy available to the petitioner, such as the election tribunal.

Justice Qazi Faiz Esa observed that the matter pertains to the democratic process so it cannot be taken lightly and that the mandate of the people needs to be respected.

Justice Ahmed observed further that the case cannot be taken forward without presentation of facts. Earlier, the apex court had accepted the petitions challenging the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) to dismiss applications filed against the candidature Kulsoom Nawaz for the NA-120 by-election in Lahore for hearing.