ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The Ministry of Interior has objected to the candidature of Milli Muslim League nominee Mohammad Yaqoob Sheikh in NA-120, Lahore-III by-election, sources told Geo News Wednesday.
The ministry conveyed its objection to the Election Commission of Pakistan through a letter, according to sources.
Sheikh is basically affiliated with Jamaat-ud-Daa’wa (JuD) and his party got itself registered under a new name to contest the election, the letter read.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sheikh’s party, the JuD, is under scrutiny after the Interior Ministry listed in the Second Schedule of the ATA 1997 in January, this year.
Sheikh is contesting the NA-120 by-election on electoral symbol ‘energy saver’.
Sources further informed that Sheikh’s party has not been formally registered with the election commission.
The MML has already shown its presence in NA-120, and decided to oppose Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Kulsoom Nawaz.
Interestingly, sources in the JuD say the MML opposition to Kulsoom is not because she is a woman but because they are against the PML-N politics and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
“We have a lot of respect for Mrs. Nawaz and we are not opposing her but the PML-N,” a party source said.
The party held its first corner meeting in the constituency in August.