PTI candidate disqualified for using COAS, CJ pictures on posters
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has disqualified PTI candidate Nasir Cheema for displaying the pictures of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa and Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on electoral posters.
He has been disqualified for violating the ECP Code of Conduct.
The ECP had quizzed Cheema over the controversial posters last week and asked him to submit a reply explaining as to why he should not be disallowed from contesting the polls.
On Monday, Cheema, along with his lawyer Gohar Ali Khan, appeared before a five-member bench headed by the CEC and submitted a reply.
The lawyer initially was of the stance that the photos of Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had been edited onto the posters, which he said did not belong to his client’s electoral campaign. He said the posters in question were put up in solidarity with Supreme Court judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan after unknown gunmen opened fire on his residence in April.
But Abdul Ghaffar Soomro questioned whether Justice Ahsan’s photo was on the said poster.
Cheema’s lawyer then argued that the posters were put up before ECP issued the code of conduct.
After hearing all arguments, the ECP bench reserved the verdict on the matter. Later, it ruled Cheema disqualified from the electoral race for using photos of two heads of institutions on the posters.