Multan

The supporters of former Punjab prisons minister Ch Abdul Waheed Arrain, who was disqualified forever by Election Tribunal Multan for possessing two NICs, held celebrations at his Multan residence on Monday as the Supreme Court admitted his appeal against tribunal’s decision and suspended its judgement. The supporters held a fireworks exhibition and distributed sweets besides dancing to drumbeat. They announced to give the former minister a warm welcome upon his arrival at Multan on Tuesday (today) and bring him home in a big rally.

Meanwhile, talking to the journalists on the phone, Ch Abdul Waheed Arrain said that the charges levelled against him by his political opponent were false and the truth would win finally. An Election Tribunal of Multan had disqualified Punjab Minister for Prisons Ch Abdul Waheed Arrain on violation of Articles 62 and 63 of constitution of Pakistan on February 6. The minister was de-seated on a petition filed by his opponent Rana Abdul Jabbar in June 2013 for concealing facts from the Returning Officer (RO) regarding his two National Identity Cards.

Ch Abdul Waheed Arrain had won election from PP-196 Multan-III on PML-N ticket in May 2013. He secured 33033 votes and defeated PTI candidate Rana Abdul Jabbar with a difference of 4223 votes, who could get 28810 votes. Rana Abdul Jabbar filed a petition in Election Tribunal Multan against Ch. Abdul Waheed Arrain, accusing him of concealing important facts from the Returning Officer. The petitioner also claimed that the result was changed in favour of Ch Abdul Waheed Arrain.