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Pak presidential hopeful’s papers accepted despite ‘lack of beard’

A rival candidate,Zahoor Hussain,argued before the Chief Election Commissioner that the PML-N nominee was unfit to become the head of the Islamic republic

Pakistan’s Election Commission Friday accepted the nomination of the main contender for the office of President,overruling an objection by a rival that he is not eligible for the post as he does not sport a beard.

The issue of Mamnoon Hussain,nominated by the ruling PLM-N,not having a beard came up during the scrutiny of nomination papers by the Election Commission.

A rival candidate,Zahoor Hussain,argued before the Chief Election Commissioner that the PML-N nominee was unfit to become the head of the Islamic republic as he does not have a beard.

Zahoor Hussain contended that this is a violation of the traditions of Prophet Mohammed.

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However,the EC rejected the objection and cleared Hussain’s candidature for the July 30 poll.

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