ECP shares PM’s nomination papers’ copies with PTI

* NADRA rejects Imran Khan’s allegations

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has provided copies of nomination papers of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), following a related request from the political party.

According to the nomination papers filed by the PM, he has shown his education qualification as a graduate stating agriculture and politics as his profession. According to the papers, the PM had paid tax returns of Rs 2.12m tax in 2010, 2.5m in 2011 and 2.49m in 2012. In 2010 the PM showed his assets as Rs 50.20m, in 2011 as Rs 50.7m and in 2012 as Rs 80.37m. According to nomination papers PM’s total assets are worth Rs 360.16m. The nomination papers also show that PM owns no car, saving accounts or any jewellery.

PM Nawaz had submitted his nomination papers to the ECP ahead of the May 11 general elections to contest polls. Recently, two PTI MNAs, Murad Saeed and Ali Muhammad Khan, moved ECP for PM Nawaz’s disqualification of contending that he did not fulfil requirements of morality laid down in Article 62 and 63 of the constitution.

The move came apparently in reaction after Arsalan Iftikhar, son of former chief justice Iftikhar Chauhdry, moved ECP to have Imran Khan disqualified from parliament on the grounds of morality. The PTI believes the ruling PML-N is supporting Arsalan, whose appointment as vice chairman of Board of Investment in Balochistan earned enormous criticism from PTI and other political parties.

Previously, on Arsalan’s request, the ECP provided him copies of Imran Khan’s nomination papers whereas PTI requested the ECP for the provision of Nawaz Sharif’s nomination papers.

Meanwhile, NADRA rejected Chairman PTI Imran Khan’s statement in which he alleged that NADRA runs a secret cell in the basement of COMSATS building. The spokesman of NADRA rejected the allegation and termed it baseless and unfounded.  He said NADRA hired two floors of COMSATS building in April 2011 to carry out electoral rolls printing for ECP, which are still under NADRA’s use.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, he said, “NADRA entered into agreement with Election Commission of Pakistan in year 2011 for digitising and preparation of Computerised Electoral Rolls at a cost of Rs 750 million and the contract is still in continuation. For this purpose NADRA hired two floors of COMSATS building. Subsequently, NADRA sub-contracted printing work to a private company (NIFT) through open tender process and NIFT installed its heavy duty printers in COMSATS building which were used to print only Electoral Rolls including Photo Electoral Rolls that were used in the General Elections of 2013.”

Sources said that PTI might now file a reference against the prime minister for his disqualification before the PTI announced legal battle against the PM and Arsalan Iftikhar who had also sought copies of Imran’s nomination forms for what he described as PTI chief’s alleged moral turpitude.

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