Pakistan Poll Body, Pakistan’s electoral commission has rejected former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nomination to run in two constituencies in the 2024 national elections, authorities and his party’s media team said on Saturday.
Pakistan Poll Body Rejects ex-PM Imran Khan’s Nomination Papers for 2024 Elections
Also throughout the day, former PTI leader Usman Dar’s mother’s nomination papers for National Assembly constituency NA-71 were denied. Rehana Dar’s nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer. Umar Dar’s wife Aruba Dar’s nomination papers from NA-71 Sialkot were also rejected.
Since his ouster as Prime Minister in April 2022, the 71-year-old former cricketer has been entangled in a tangle of political and judicial challenges.
He hasn’t been seen in public since he was sentenced to three years in prison in August for illegally selling state goods from 2018 to 2022.
Imran has been barred from running in the national elections slated for February 8 due to his corruption conviction, but he filed candidacy papers for the polls on Friday, according to his media team.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stated in a list of rejected candidates from Lahore that Imran’s nomination was rejected because he was not a registered voter in the constituency and because he was “convicted by the court of law and has been disqualified.” His media team stated that the commission had also rejected his nomination to run in the elections from his hometown of Mianwali.
Meanwhile, a citizen, Salman Naeem, filed an objection to the nomination papers of former foreign minister and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Multan on Saturday. According to Articles 62 and 63, Qureshi and his son Zain Qureshi are not eligible to run in elections.
In Multan, Naeem presented his application against nomination papers to the returning officer.
Rehana Dar and her daughter-in-law have both filed nomination papers to run against PML-N central leader Khawaja Asif from Sialkot. The nomination papers of both were rejected by the RO due to non-payment of social security dues and non-disclosure of assets.
It should be noted that Usman Dar’s mother recently accused Khawaja Asif of the police raid on her home.
According to a source, the PTI is going into the Feb. 8 general elections without resolving its concerns with the military establishment or distancing its supporters from the Imran against Pakistan Army storyline.
After Imran’s incarceration, and as a result of the PTI’s post-May 9 crackdown, its top leadership has become more circumspect. However, the party has made no significant effort to influence the thinking of its supporters, who are still poisoned by the anti-army narrative that led to the May 9 attacks.
Some impartial analysts fear that denying the PTI an equal playing field will result in contentious elections that will not provide the country with much-needed political and economic stability.
However, political instability is expected to worsen if the PTI wins the elections and takes office without resolving its differences with the military establishment.