Lahore High Court dismisses plea challenging Nawaz Sharif's electoral eligibility

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Lahore, Feb.17 (ANI): The Lahore High Court (LHC) has dismissed a petition challenging the acceptance of the nomination papers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif.

The high court bench upheld the returning officer's decision to accept Sharif's nomination papers for the by-election, saying the petitioner had failed to substantiate his allegations against the former Prime Minister.

The petition, filed by one Shahid Orakzai, alleged that Sharif had tried to ' buy the loyalty of seven MNAs of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) after the 1993 general elections.

Sharif has already withdrawn his nomination papers to contest the NA-123 by-elections, clearing the way for his party's candidate Malik Pervez.

Sharif's withdrawal of his nomination papers comes after the PML-N decided to award the party ticket to Malik Pervez.

Malik Pervez is the brother of former Attorney-General Malik Qayyum.

Earlier, the Punjab government had asked the Election Commission to postpone the by-polls due to security reasons. The polls were subsequently postponed and are now scheduled to be held on March 10. (ANI)

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