SC rejects pleas to contest polls

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Babar Anwar
ISLAMABAD
Supreme Court (SC) rejected the petitions of a PTI candidate for provincial assembly PP-23 Chakwal Aftab Akbar, and an independent candidate for National Assembly NA-64 Chakwal Ghulam Abbas against their disqualification.
Both the candidates are now disqualified to contest the polls this year.
During the course of hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar passed a remark about Abbas for not having an income tax record.
Kamran Murtaza counsel for Abbas replied that “as he does not have an income, so he does not hold an income tax record.”
CJP inquired how the petitioner intends on contesting the polls without having any income at all.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked “you have not shown your income”
Counsel for Abbas replied “all the property has been shown. Whatever has been shown in papers is the total inherited property of their client.”
CJP said to the counsel “your client does not have a National Tax Number (NTN) either.”
Murtaza replied “a candidate does not stand disqualified if he does not have a NTN number.”
CJP remarked that it is regretted to see that the public representatives do not act according to the appreciably high standards.
The court rejected the appeal, remarking reasons will be told in the detailed verdict.
Abbas had filed an appeal against the decision of high court.

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