Judge recuses himself from petition challenging Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination

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Justice Farrukh Irfan of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday recused himself from hearing the petition filed by Pakistan People’s Party nominee for NA-20 by-polls challenging the approval of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz nomination papers by the election tribunal.

It is to be mentioned here that the LHC chief justice had constituted a full bench to hear the petition and hearing was scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

When the petition came up for hearing, the judge heading the bench recused himself from the bench citing personal reasons.

Faisal Mir, the petitioner, had submitted that the tribunal did not even ask the departments concerned about the objections he had submitted against Begum Kulsoom on certain legal grounds. He said Kalsoom Nawaz did not disclose the details of her assets.

He insisted that the tribunal should have asked the departments concerned about the points raised in his petition against the PML-N nominee before rejecting the petition. He has pleaded the court to overturn the tribunal decision of rejecting his objections on the nomination papers of Nawaz.