LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday has approved nomination papers of former Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for NA-57 Murree.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Muzahir Ali Akbar conducted hearing of the case. 

During the proceedings, the court dismissed appellate tribunal’s verdict and allowed ex-premier to contest the general elections 2018 from NA-57.

On the other hand, the court has also given green signal to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry to participate in the polls from NA-67 after brief suspension of appellate tribunal’s decision.

Earlier, LHC said to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, “We want to speak directly with you. The government changes with time but the courts work as per law. Being a judge is not as easy as it seems. Stop talking against us. You have to come in these same courts if it’s not your government next time. You will not appear before any Australian court.”

On June 27, an eight-page verdict issued by Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi disqualified Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for lifetime under Article 62 (1) (F) of the constitution as he was not trustworthy and honest.

The verdict said that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi declared the value of his F-7/2 house in Islamabad as three hundred thousand rupees in order to obtain a loan of 25 million rupees.

As per Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) date, the general elections will be held on July 25. 

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