Gilani's son to contest for father's seat

Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of former Pakistani prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Tuesday submitted his nomination papers to contest a by-poll for the National Assembly seat vacated by his father.

Gilani vacated the Multan National Assembly seat in Punjab province after the Supreme Court disqualified him as prime minister.

Tuesday was the last date of filing nomination papers. Ten candidates are in the fray, The Nation reported. The election will be held July 19.

The apex court last Tuesday disqualified Gilani as prime minister and National Assembly member because its April 26 verdict held him in contempt of court for refusing to write to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Gilani had pleaded to the apex court that Zardari enjoyed immunity under the constitution until he held the president's post.

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