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After Faisalabad, Nankana Sahib, Imran Khan allowed to contest by-polls in Mardan

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  • Election tribunal dismisses appeal against approval Imran Khan’s nomination papers for NA-22 Mardan.
  • PTI chairman also allowed to contest elections from NA-108 Faisalabad and NA-118 Nankana Sahib.
  • The by-election on nine NA seats will be held on September 25.

PESHAWAR: An election tribunal on Thursday declared PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s nomination papers valid for NA-22 Mardan, allowing him to contest the by-election in the constituency.

The tribunal was hearing an appeal against the approval of the former prime minister’s nomination papers for the constituency.

The petitioner’s lawyer argued that Khan is already a member of the National Assembly and has not given any reason to contest the election from another constituency. It must be noted that Khan is an MNA from the NA-95 Mianwali-I constituency. His resignation in protest after he was ousted from premiership via a no trust vote has not yet been accepted by NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

At this, the lawyer of the Election Commission of Pakistan said that there is no ban on contesting elections from more than one constituency.

On the occasion, Imran Khan’s lawyer took the stand that his client has resigned and can no longer be considered an MNA.

The election tribunal reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments of the lawyers. Announcing it after some time, it declared it has dismissed the petitioner’s appeal and found Imran Khan’s nomination papers to be valid.

The development follows the PTI chairman being allowed by a Lahore High Court election tribunal to contest elections from the NA-108 Faisalabad and NA-118 Nankana Sahib constituencies.

The by-election on nine NA seats will be held on September 25. The seats were vacated by the PTI after the resignations of 11 lawmakers were accepted by the NA Speaker on July 28 — nine of whom were on general seats and two on reserved seats for women.

The MNAs were denotified on July 30.

In protest against the ouster of Imran Khan from the top office following a vote of no confidence, more than 100 PTI lawmakers had resigned en masse on April 11.

A notification issued by ECP said by elections will be held in NA-22 Mardan, NA-24 Charsadda, NA-31 Peshawar, NA-45 Kurram, NA-108 Faisalabad, NA-118 Nankana Sahib and Karachi’s NA-237, NA-239, and NA-246.

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Today, IHC will hear Qureshi, the founder of PTI,’s arguments against his conviction in the CCI case.

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The PTI founder and Shah Mehmood Qureshi will appeal their convictions in the cipher case to the Islamabad High Court today (Tuesday).

The hearing will be conducted by a division bench that consists of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Chief Justice Aamir Farooq of the Islamabad High Court.

The attorneys will present their arguments regarding the appeals against the sentencing during the hearing.

However, Bushra Bibi, the wife of the PTI founder, has filed a petition to have her medical examined, and this plea will also be heard today.

Bushra Bibi’s application will be considered by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb. The petitioner has voiced her concern that the food she was provided was toxic.

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CM Maryam wants a thorough plan for the development of Murree.

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While co-chairing a meeting with party leader Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif asked for a detailed strategy for the development of Murree.

To maintain cleanliness and protect the environment, the chief minister ordered a ban on plastic use in Murree and other popular tourist destinations.

She inspected a possible location in Murree for the building of a cutting-edge hospital. In addition to looking for a plan for the upkeep and filtration of the current water scheme, she gave her general approval to a water supply project that would carry water from the Jhelum River to Murree.

During the discussion, a prohibition on cars entering Murree was discussed. Maryam gave the order for the contemporary tram and cable car services to begin operating so that parking could be done safely in Murree. During the meeting, a plan to give permit cards to cars entering Murree was also discussed.

The chief minister gave instructions to make sure every building has parking. She gave the order to locate any illegal structures in Murree and to dismantle them right away. Additionally, the ultimate strategy for removing encroachments in Murree was accepted. In addition to banning all unlicensed stands in Murree, it was decided to turn the bus stand back on.

Maryam Nawaz gave the order to turn New Murree, Kotli Sattian, and other nearby places into substitute tourist attractions.

She gave the order to build clean, highway-style restrooms in Murree.

She also gave her approval for the creation of the Parks and Horticulture Authority for Murree, as well as Solid Waste Management.

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ATC revokes the arrest warrants for Khadija Shah

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In relation to the arson case at Jinnah House, the anti-terrorism court issued an arrest order for her.

Judge Arshad Javed issued an arrest order for Khadijah Shah because of his non-appearance in court.

After being granted bail by a local Quetta court, she was released from prison on December 28.

In relation to attacks on Jinnah House, Askari Tower, and setting police cars on fire, she was taken into custody.

In connection with a cybercrime case in which she posted messages on social media to incite people against the army during the May 9 unrest, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) also made an arrest of her.

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