NA-120 by-poll: Nomination of Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom challenged

Islamabad [Pakistan]: A lawyer in Pakistan has challenged the nomination papers of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kalsoom Nawaz for NA-120 seat, on the grounds that a candidate cannot use the name of a disqualified person’s party in the election.

The National Assembly seat from Lahore fell vacant following the disqualification of Nawaz by the Supreme Court.

Advocate Sarfraz challenged Kulsoom’s nomination papers in the Lahore office of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday.

The petitioner claimed the nomination papers of Kusloom Nawaz as a contestant of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) should be rejected as the name of the party which is registered in the name of the disqualified PM, could not be used in the election, reports the Express Tribune.

Besides Kulsoom Nawaz, notable among those in the run for NA-120 are Dr Yasmeen Rashid of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Hafiz Mian Zubair Kardar of the Pakistan Peoples Party and advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhary of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and the mastermind of Mumbai terrorist attack Hafiz Saeed’s new political outfit Milli Muslim League (MML) has also fielded its candidate for the upcoming by-election of NA-120 in Pakistan.

However, the MML is yet to be registered as a political party with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, who will fight the election under the banner of MML, filed his nomination papers with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as an independent candidate on Saturday. (ANI)