In a continuing legal saga, the Election Tribunal in Sindh High Court has dismissed a second appeal against Shehbaz Sharif, the president of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), concerning his candidacy for NA-242 in Karachi. The appeal, filed by petitioner Hasnain Chohan, alleged that Shehbaz Sharif failed to submit a correct affidavit with his nomination papers for NA-242.
Chohan contended that Shehbaz Sharif made inaccuracies in the business-related statements within the sworn affidavit, emphasizing that the former Prime Minister did not provide accurate information. The Returning Officer (RO) was urged to declare the nomination papers invalid, leading to their rejection.
While the Election Tribunal heard the petitioner’s arguments, the final written decision will be issued later. It’s noteworthy that a day earlier, the Election Tribunal had already rejected an appeal against Shehbaz Sharif’s nomination papers for NA-242, filed by MQM Pakistan’s candidate Mustafa Kamal.
The electoral battleground in Karachi remains heated as legal challenges unfold, with Shehbaz Sharif facing persistent appeals and objections. These developments underscore the contentious nature of electoral politics in the region, where candidates are subjected to rigorous scrutiny, and any perceived irregularities in nomination documents can lead to legal repercussions.
The Election Tribunal’s consistent examination of appeals and its commitment to a thorough review of the evidence showcase the legal system’s dedication to maintaining the integrity of the electoral process. As the legal proceedings continue, the outcome will undoubtedly influence the electoral landscape in Karachi and may set precedents for future cases involving prominent political figures.