PT Report [updated]
Islamabad, October 07: The election commission of Gilgit – Baltistan, after scruitinizing papers, has rejected twenty one nominations for various reasons, a national news channel reported. At least four of the rejected nominations were from Hunza region.
Zafar Iqbal’s nomination has been rejected on the basis of his affiliation with a government corporation. However, he reserves the right to lodge an appeal against the rejection. Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Saleem Khan, father and son, have withdrawn their nominations in support of Shehryar Khan, also a family member.
The nomination of Karim Ullah Baig has been rejected as he was one of the people proposing Wazir Baig.
Nomination papers of Mirza Hussain, former Advisor NALA, Nawaz Khan Naji (BNF – Supreme Leader), Karim Ahmad Shah, Murtaza Khan, Mir Nawaz Khan, Badr-ud-Din, Zafar Iqbal (MD NATCO), Karim Ullah Baig, Karim Ahmad Shad, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah, Syed Amjad Ali and Muhammad Tahir Shigri were rejected because of various reasons, including bank default, government service or other technical reasons.
Muhammad Ali Akhtar’s nomination paper was rejected from one ward but accepted in another ward. He had applied from LA – 5, Gilgit, as well as LA – 4, Gilgit.
Syed Haider Shah Rizvi, a leader of BNF, had his nomination accepted from Skardu, despite of being in the list of defaulters.
The nomination paper of Raja Shah Sultan, a candidate from Skardu, was rejected because of young age.
The candidates whose papers have been rejected can appeal against the rejection decision and after that a final list of the candidates would be issued by the Election Commission of Gilgit – Balitstan.
In the meanwhile, Rahim Durrani, former election commissioner of Punjab, has been appointed the new Chief Election Commissioner of Gilgit – Baltistan