Special report: Pakistani Situation
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir
Bhutto (C) waves to her supporters as she submits her nomination papers
for national assembly seat NA-204 to the district session court judge at a
court in her home town of Larkana Nov. 26, 2007.(Xinhua/AFP
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's former prime
minister Benazir Bhutto on Friday faced a legal appeal challenging her
qualification to contest the upcoming general elections, officials said.
One of her rival candidates earlier filed objections
on her nomination papers for National Assembly seats, local News Network
International news agency reported.
Saifullah Abro, one rival candidate of Benazir, who
belonged to the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) party, challenged Benazir's
papers and asked the election officials to reject her papers.
Abro argued that Benazir had been convicted in
several corruption cases and that according to rules a convict person could not
stand for election.
Benazir filed nomination papers on two National
Assembly seats in her home district of Larkana, in southern Sindh province.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's nomination
papers were rejected by the election officials this week on the grounds that
Sharif was convicted for life jail term on the charges of plane hijacking and
The Election Commission has established special
tribunals to decide appeals against the acceptance or rejection of nomination
papers. The election officials will make a decision on legal challenge to
Benazir's nomination papers by Dec. 10.
The Election Commission will issue a final list of
candidates on Dec. 16.
Sharif urges Bhutto to set cut-off date for judges restoration
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Former Prime Minister and PML-N party leader Nawaz Sharif Friday urged Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto to set a cut-off date for restoration of judges deposed under emergency. Full story
Bhutto says PPP to participate in
general elections in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan People's
Party (PPP) will participate in the upcoming general elections to ensure
peaceful transition to democracy, PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto said
Thursday. Full story
Former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto
says to contest general elections
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan People's Party
(PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto on Monday told visiting Turkish President
Abdullah Gul that her party would contest the forthcoming general elections in
Pakistan, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported. Full story
Bhutto files for nomination in
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani former prime
minister and main opposition leader Benazir Bhutto filed for her nominations
Monday for national assembly elections in the southern central city of Larkana,
local media reported. Full story