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Imran Khan’s nomination paper canceled, blow for PTI

Taslima Jamal

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday canceled the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former Prime Minister Imran Khan. ARY News reported this information in a report. This is a big blow to the country’s former ruling party ahead of the upcoming elections.

According to ARY, Imran Khan’s nomination papers for two National Assembly constituencies—NA-122 (Lahore) and NA-89 (Mianwali) have been cancelled.

According to the report, the former prime minister’s nomination paper was canceled and the returning officer said that this decision was taken because the PTI founder was found guilty in the court.

Apart from this, PML-N party Mian Nasir objected to Imran Khan’s nomination paper, saying that the former prime minister’s supporter and presenter does not belong to NA-122, which is a legal requirement. Imran has submitted his papers from NA-122 seat. But he is a convicted person and hence cannot contest the elections.

December 30 (Saturday) is the last day for the scrutiny of nomination papers filed by candidates to contest the 2024 general elections of Pakistan. Appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers can be submitted till January 3 and a decision on these appeals will be taken by January 10. The list of candidates will be displayed on January 11 and candidates will have an opportunity to withdraw it by January 12. Election symbols will be allotted on January 13 and general election polling will be held in the country on February 8.

Imran Khan turned cricket star turned politician and won the last general election in 2018. Dozens of cases have been filed against him, which he has denounced as political cases. He has already been sentenced to three years imprisonment in a corruption case. Although that sentence was suspended, he remains in jail in other cases.

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