Lahore, May 25 : the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz [PML(N)] chief Nawaz Sharif has said that he will not defend petitions that challenged his candidature from NA-123 and NA-52 seats in the election tribunal of Lahore High Court (LHC).
PML-N spokesman Siddiqul Farooq said Sharif has decided not to defend his candidature before judges who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) on November 3, 2007.
Earlier Sharif had announced that he would not seek justice against the disqualification of his nomination papers for 18th February elections because he deemed the PCO judges unconstitutional with no legal position.
Farooq added that Sharif would adhere to his principled stance, which he had adopted for the 18th February elections.
The PML-N spokesman stated that the Election Commission had allowed Sharif to contest the 2002 elections. is papers were rejected in the last general elections and now, despite the EC's clearance his candidature has been challenged, he said Last time the candidature of Sharif was rejected on the charge that he was convicted in the plane hijacking and helicopter tax evasion cases.
If Nawaz Sharif is out of the race, his son-in-law, Capt (r) Safdar, will be the PML-N candidate for NA-52 Rawalpindi while Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman will contest for the NA-123 seat on the party ticket.
The PML-N Punjab information secretary, Khawaja Hassan, said we would follow the wait and see policy until the court gives a verdict.
According to the by-election schedule, the filing of appeals against acceptance and rejection of nomination expired on May 24 while the last date for the decisions on appeals is 31st May.