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Nawaz Sharif: REJECTED!

Just in. Pakistan authorities have rejected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s candidacy for General Elections to be held on January 8.

“The nomination papers of Nawaz Sharif are hereby rejected,” returning officer Raja Qamaruz Zaman said, after hearing a challenge against Sharif on the grounds that he was convicted of hijacking in 2000. The case involved Sharif’s attempt to stop a plane carrying his then army chief, Pervez Musharraf, from landing in Pakistan in October 1999. Musharraf and the army ousted Sharif as a result of that incident.

The leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is said to schedule a meeting with another major opposition party People’s Party (PPP), led by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in a bid to convince the latter to take part in the opposition parties’ boycott of the general elections. Chances of a mutual boycott of the General Elections are quite low considering that Benazir Bhutto has stated on a number of occasions that PPP intends to fully participate in the upcoming elections.

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