LHC tribunal upturns ECP’s decision, accepts Dar’s Senate nomination papers

Lahore High Court’s appellate tribunal on Saturday accepted former finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s nomination papers for the Senate election after hearing arguments on an appeal against the Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) rejection of the documents.
The former federal minister had challenged the ECP’s rejection of his Senate election nomination papers on Thursday.
According to the lawyer arguing Dar’s case in court today, the papers were rejected by the ECP because the same bank account number was used in the papers for the General as well as the Technocrat seat.
On Monday, the election body had noted that Dar was a court absconder in a corruption and money-laundering reference pending against him in an accountability court, subsequently rejecting his nomination papers.
The appeal on Dar’s behalf, filed on Thursday with the tribunal, stated that the returning officer rejected his papers even though all the legal requirements were fulfilled.
At the time court was requested to nullify the returning officer’s rejection of Dar’s nomination papers.
67-year-old Dar, who is currently in London undergoing medical treatment, was declared an absconder by an accountability court in December last year in a corruption reference after he repeatedly failed to join the trial. He is being probed on charges of amassing assets beyond his known sources of income.