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LHC suspends Dasti’s sentence in degree case; election tribunal allows Faisal Saleh Hayat to take part in election

LHC suspends Dasti’s sentence in degree case; election tribunal allows Faisal Saleh Hayat to take part in election

MULTAN, RAWALPINDI, (SANA): The Lahore High Court Multan bench has declared former MNA Jamshed Dasti’s conviction in the fake degree case null and void and ordered his release.

A local court had sentenced Dasti to three years in prison with Rs 5000 fine for contesting the 2008 elections with a fake degree.

Dasti was also disqualified from contesting the upcoming general elections and was arrested from the courtroom following the hearing.

Dasti was also disqualified from contesting the upcoming general elections and was arrested from the courtroom following the hearing.

Muzaffargarh District and Sessions Judge Abdul Rehman Khan Niazi awarded a three-year rigorous imprisonment and Rs5,000 fine to former MNA Jamshed Dasti in a fake degree case on April 5.

He was immediately shifted to the district jail. Principal of a seminary, Jamia Rizvia, Multan, Muhammad Asadullah Haider Rizvi, had also appeared as witness before the court on April 2 and confirmed that Jamshed Dasti had completed his education in his seminary and he had attained the degree after passing the examination.

On the other hand, PPP leader Senator Farooq H. Naek filed an appeal with the election tribunal bench in Rawalpindi against the rejection of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s nomination papers from NA-51 constituency.

Returning Officer Khalid Arshad had rejected Ashraf’s nomination papers after Raj Irfan Aziz, a relative of Raja Jawaid Ikhlas, had accused Ashraf of ‘pre-poll rigging and corrupt practices’ by misusing his discretionary funds in his constituency.

Similarly the Multan High Court decided in favour of accepting the nomination papers submitted by Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat and PPP candidate Syed Abid Imam.

Hayat had filed his nomination papers to contest elections from his hometown constituency NA-87 in Jhang, Punjab which were earlier rejected over allegations of electricity and irrigation water theft.

In related news, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf filed an appeal against the decision of the RO who had rejected his nomination papers filed for the NA-250 seat in Karachi. ROs in Karachi, Islamabad and Kasur had rejected Gen Musharraf’s papers for imposing emergency in the country in November 2007 and keeping judges of the superior judiciary under unlawful detention.

The ex-military ruler was also accused of not disclosing his source of income in his nomination papers whereas he has declared assets worth more than Rs760 million.Besides lawyers’ bodies, Gen Musharraf’s papers had also been challenged by the candidates of various parties, including the PML-N, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Jamaat-i-Islami.

Meanwhile, objections were filed against Imran Khan, Hanif Abbasi and Sheikh Rasheed from NA-56, Rawalpindi.

In addition, candidacy of Anjum Aqeel Khan, Faisal Sakhi Butt and PTI leader Ayla Malik were also challenged.

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