The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has so far found that more than 100 candidates are bank defaulters, according to a local media outlet and that particulars submitted by these candidates are ‘extremely dubious’.
According to the SBP report, which has reportedly been sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PPP’s Hina Rabbani Khar and Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo have their names on the list.
Ahmed Shah Khagga (PP-193), Ghulam Ahmed Shah (PP-193), Asim Irshad Khan (NA-124), Ameer Ahmed Siyal (NA-116), Khalid Masood (NA-30), Abdul Sattar Bachani and Zulfiqar Bachani (both from NA-224), Ameer Waliuddin Chishti (NA-256), Ayaz Khan (NA-257) and Changez Khan (NA-258) are also among the defaulters, according to the publication.
Azhar Khokhar (NA-52), Zainab Ahsan (PP-109), Umar Farooq (PP-113), Mushtaq Ahmed (PP-136), Ali Asim Shah (PP-185), Muhammad Ali Tarkai (PK-46) and Chaudhry Shakeel Gulzar (PP-66) are also among the bank defaulters.
The scrutiny of nomination papers to exclude ineligible candidates from the election race started on Tuesday, a day after returning officers (ROs) completed the process of receiving nomination papers from prospective candidates.
According to ECP spokesman Altaf Ahmad Khan, particulars of 12,000 candidates have so far been sent to the National Accountability Bureau, Federal Bureau of Revenue, SBP and other relevant institutions — out of which 7,500 had been verified with the help of an online system.