LAHORE -  The Lahore High Court yesterday rejected nomination papers of Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi, the head of Ahle Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat, and former MPA Rashida Yaqoob of PML-N to contest by-election from PP-78, Jhang, scheduled to be held on December 1, 2016.

A division bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan, passed the order on the appeals challenging eligibility of Rashida Yaqoob and Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi to contest the by-election from PP-78, Jhang.

Sheikh Sheraz Akram and Azhar Abbas had filed the appeals, stating both the candidates were not eligible to contest the by-election. They said the candidates did not meet conditions of articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. They recalled that an election tribunal had de-seated Rashida Yaqoob from PP-78 for concealing facts regarding loans default and getting them written off.

 A number of FIRs were registered against Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi, it was added. The counsels for the respondents, however, opposed the arguments of the appellants. The counsel for Maulana Ludhianvi said merely registration of FIRs against any person did not mean that he was ineligible and cannot contest an election.

After hearing detailed arguments of both the sides, the bench held both the candidates ineligible to contest by-election from PP-78.