‘Nawaz Sharif’ files nomination papers for NA-120 by-poll

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The candid­ate, a Kasur reside­nt, is namesa­ke of the depose­d prime minist­er

In a surprising development ‘Nawaz Sharif’ has filed his nomination papers for the upcoming by-elections on NA-120.

The National Assembly seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court in its July 28 landmark judgment deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets in his nomination papers for 2013 elections.

The submission of nomination papers on Saturday by a resident Kasur who happens to be the namesake of the ousted premier caused error in reporting by some private TV channels which claimed that the nominee was former PM Nawaz Sharif.

The battle for NA-120 is set to be a close one

However, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) later clarified that the candidate was not the former prime minister but his namesake. “Every citizen has the right to contest elections and it will be decided whether to accept or reject his documents after scrutiny of his documents from August 15 to 17,” said the returning officer concerned.

Interestingly, the candidate’s father bears the same name as father of the ex-premier while his brother’s name is also Shehbaz Sharif.

On Friday, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) fielded Kulsoom Nawaz for NA-120. Captain (retd) Safdar, Senator Asif Kirmani and others submitted the nomination papers for former premier’s wife.

PML-N fields Kulsoom Nawaz for key contest

Besides Kulsoom, notable among those in the run for NA-120 are Dr Yasmeen Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Hafiz Mian Zubair Kardar of te Pakistan Peoples Party and advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhary of Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

Former police constable Din Muhammad is also in the fray as an independent candidate.