It was a day of surprises in Pakistan as the election commission decided to disqualify more candidates who had earlier filed nominations.
One of the most surprising disqualifications was that of a leading newspaper columnist, Ayaz Amir, who was to contest for elections on the platform of the PML-N party from Chakwal district.
Ayaz writes for The News and is known for his outspoken views against the government.
An objection was filed criticising Amir for writing articles “against the ideology of Pakistan” by a complainant.
The PML-N also had a more serious worry in the coming days as the nomination papers of their leader, Nawaz Sharif, has been challenged by a member of the rival Pakistan Peoples Party. In his objection, PPP member Sohail Malik said that Nawaz was a defaulter in the Asghar Khan case. Malik – in his complaint – also said that Nawaz was not an honest and upright person because he brokered a deal in order to escape Pakistan when his government was toppled in 1999.
There were other developments that were seen on Thursday. A former MP, Jamshed Dasti, was handed a three-year jail term by a district sessions judge in Muzaffargarh on Thursday, for submitting a false degree certificate. Around five former MPs were disqualified on these grounds by the Election Commission on Thursday alone.