PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry out of election race

PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry out of election race

ISLAMABAD: In a setback for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, an election tribunal on Wednesday rejected nomination papers of the party spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry from NA-67 Jhelum.

The panel also disqualified him from holding any public office for life under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution.

His candidacy was challenged by a candidate from former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s Justice and Democratic Party.

The rival candidate, Fakhar Abbasi Kazmi, had claimed that Fawad Chaudhry has not paid the tax on his agriculture land.

While reacting to the judgement, Chaudhry said he would file an appeal against the decision as land less than 12 acres is exempted from agricultural tax.

In a video message, he said the tribunal’s decision is not based on merit.

The PTI leader said he would approach Supreme Judicial Council and Pakistan Bar Council against the tribunal’s head, Justice Lodhi, who he said ‘is very close to Iftikhar Chaudhry.’ APP/AFP