LAHORE – An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Thursday refused to hear appeals against PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif and PTI Chief Imran Khan.

As the tribunal, comprising Justice Khawaja Imtiaz and Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan, started the proceeding on appeals, Justice Imtiaz said that he could not hear the appeal against Nawaz Sharif due to some personal reasons. Regarding Hudebia Paper Mills case, he said that he had given the decision in favour of PML-N chief, therefore it was not appropriate for him to deal with the matter.

He referred the file to the chief justice to fix it before another appropriate bench.

Afshan Ameerud Din, a candidate from PP-140 and others had sought directions to set aside the accepted nomination papers of PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif from NA-120 and of Shahbaz Sharif from NA-129.

The bench refused from hearing the appeals against nomination papers of PTI chairman Imran Khan accepted from NA-122.

The tribunal has issued notices to RO on an appeal challenging the acceptance of nomination papers of PML-N leader Khawaja Asif from NA-110.

The same tribunal issued notice to the RO who rejected the nomination papers of former president Pervez Musharraf to appear before the tribunal on Friday (today).

Pervez Musharraf submitted an appeal against rejection of his nomination papers from Kasur, NA-139 constituency. Barrister Salman Safdar represented the former president and argued that the returning officer had rejected the papers on the basis of mere allegations.

He said that the objectors failed to prove the allegations before the RO but the nomination papers were rejected.

The counsel said that the same objections were raised before returning officer of NA-32, Chitral, however, the nomination papers were accepted.

He further argued that the former president met the criterion required to become member parliament under Article 62 of the Constitution. He urged the tribunal to set aside the decision of the RO and allow the appellant to contest election from NA-139, Kasur.

The tribunal heard arguments and issued notice to the RO for April 12 (today).