The nomination papers of several high-profile candidates in the fray for Pakistans general election,including Pervez Musharraf and Imran Khan,were Saturday challenged by their opponents in different parts of the country.
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Niyamatullah Khan,who intends to contest the parliamentary polls in Karachi from the same constituency as Musharraf,objected to the former military rulers candidature on the ground that he had twice violated and subverted the Constitution.
Khan filed an objection against Musharrafs nomination papers for parliamentary constituency number 250 with election authorities in Karachi.
Another man has challenged Musharrafs nomination for a constituency in Islamabad on grounds that the former President does not meet the standards of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution,which states that a candidate should have a good character and be sagacious,righteous,non-profligate,honest and ameen (faithful).
Imran Khans nomination papers for a seat in Rawalpindi were challenged Friday by a local resident,Mohammad Hafeez Abbasi,who pointed out that the former cricketer had written in his memoir Me And My Pakistan about consuming liquor.
Abbasi contended in a written objection submitted to election authorities that this was a clear violation of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution and that Khan was ineligible to contest the polls.
In Lahore,a Returning Officer rejected objections to Imran Khans nomination papers for another parliamentary seat and accepted them Saturday afternoon.
A local resident,Muhammad Aslam,had objected to Khans candidature on the ground that the former cricketer had allegedly fathered a child out of wedlock with Sita White.
At Muzaffargarh in Punjab province,a Returning Officer directed former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to produce by Sunday a clearance certificate stating that a textile mill owned by her family had repaid bank loans worth Rs 56 million.
Khar told the Returning Officer that the mill was owned by her husband and she only owned shares in the firm.
Pro-govt Taliban faction sets strict rules for candidates
Islamabad: The pro-govt Taliban faction of Mullah Nazir in South Waziristan has set stringent conditions for candidates to ensure trouble-free balloting,according to a report in The Express Tribune Saturday.
* All candidates will have to hold public rallies in an open place outside Rustam Bazaar due to security concerns.
* Candidates with no popular vote bank should not contest.
* Candidates must avoid indecent criticism of rivals in speeches. PTI