LHC allows Ishaq Dar to contest Senate elections

LHC allows Ishaq Dar to contest Senate elections

Lahore (Staff Report): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday allowed former finance minister Ishaq Dar to contest the upcoming Senate elections.

The LHC’s appellate tribunal heard an appeal filed by Dar against the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) rejection of his documents for Senate elections.

After hearing the arguments on an appeal, the court accepted former finance Minister Ishaq Dar's nomination papers for the Senate polls.

Dar's lawyer informed the court that his papers were rejected without reason, and requested that the tribunal nullify the returning officer's rejection of Dar's nomination papers.

The lawyer representing the provincial election commission said that Dar had shown one bank account for both seats, and that shows malicious intent. “Candidates who fail to submit copies of their Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) are mostly rejected,” he added.

After hearing both sides of the argument, the judge ruled that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader can run for Senate elections.

Last week, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s nomination papers of the minister for the upcoming Senate elections.