3 Allahu Akbar Tehreek candidates directed to submit CNIC, passport copies

LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday directed 3 Allahu Akbar Tehreek (AAT) candidates to submit CNIC and passport copies after it was revealed that their names were on the United States terror watch list.

Mohammad Ashraf, who is running for NA-149 constituency in Sahiwal, Zafar Iqbal, contesting from PP-113 in Faisalabad and Ehsan Ranjha from PP-67 in Mandi Bahauddin appeared before a three-member ECP bench earlier today.

The AAT candidates were directed to present their identity documents before the bench, while they were also told to submit a written response. The hearing was adjourned till August 29.

The candidates will still be allowed to contest elections to be held on Wednesday (July 25), but the ECP can de-notified any of the concerned individuals if it decides against their eligibility.

Last week, the ECP had directed the three to appear before the commission on July 24, while it had also warned that it will decide the matter in their absence if AAT candidates fail to present themselves.