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Objection to JUI-F leader's Senate candidacy rejected.

PESHAWAR -- An appellate tribunal on Friday dismissed an objection petition and upheld the acceptance of nomination papers of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl's provincial chief and former Senator Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan by the returning officer for the forthcoming Senate elections.

Peshawar High Court Justice Mussarat Hilali of the tribunal observed that the returning officer had validly accepted nomination papers of the respondent Maulana Gul Naseeb.

The objection petition was filed by a resident of Chitral district Nasir Ahmad Khan who had claimed that Maulana Gul Naseeb was involved in misappropriation of government funds in his previous tenure of senator.

Appellate tribunal rules returning officer validly accepted Gul Naseeb's papers

He claimed that Gul Naseeb had utilized his developmental funds through his brother Zar Naseeb Khan with the connivance of Pak-PWD Office in Batkhela through fake notices inviting tenders, which was evident from a consolidated charge sheet of Judge Accountability Court No IV dated Sept 26, 2017, wherein the said brother of Gul Naseeb was nominated as accused.

His counsel alleged that Gul Naseeb was abroad for performing umra and a fake power of attorney was produced on his behalf by Maulana Shujaul Mulk while submitting his nomination papers.

He stated that under the law proper authority letter duly attested from the Consulate of Pakistan in the country of destination should have been prepared for submission of nomination papers in question but such mandatory procedure had not been followed.

The counsel for Maulana Gul Naseeb refuted the allegations of the petitioner and said the power of attorney given to Maulana Shujaul Mulk was genuine and was prepared by Gul Naseeb before leaving the country.

He said Gul Naseeb was not involved in any act of corruption as under the law a person could only be disqualified if he was convicted by a competent court.

Meanwhile, the tribunal adjourned until today (Saturday) the hearing into two petitions filed by PTI candidate Azam Khan Swati against the candidature of Mohammad Yaqoob Shaikh of JUI-F and Dilawar Khan of PML-N for the seats reserved for technocrats.

The petitioner contended that both the candidates did not qualify the definition of a technocrat as they had not the prescribed experience as a technocrat, but still the returning officer had accepted their nomination papers.

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