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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Imran Khan challenges disqualification in IHC

In the petition, it was claimed that the Election Commission has no authority to take decisions against cases of corrupt practices and disqualification.

PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has challenged his disqualification in the Toshakhana reference in Islamabad High Court (IHC).

According to the details, barrister Ali Zaffar has filed the plea in IHC on behalf of PTI Chairman Imran Khan. In the petition, it was prayed that the Election Commission has no authority to take decisions against the cases of corrupt practices and disqualification.

The PTI chairman also asked the IHC to declare, find and hold that the Election Commission of Pakistan’s order is against the settled principles of law on Article 63 of the Constitution, misconceived and set it aside.

Read more: Imran Khan disqualified: PTI to challenge ECP verdict in Toshakhana case

Furthermore, Imran Khan also requested to suspend the operation of the order and restrain further proceedings till the final disposal of the petition.

As a result, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah has fixed PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s appeal against his disqualification. The court will hear the plea on Monday.

ECP disqualifies Imran Khan

Friday, the ECP announced the verdict in the Toshakhana reference and disqualified Imran Khan by stating that Imran Khan submitted a false affidavit and was found involved in corrupt practices.

A four-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja, announced the verdict at the ECP Secretariat in Islamabad. Imran Khan is also no more a member National Assembly.

Needless to say, PTI completely rejected the verdict on the disqualification of Imran Khan. Protests broke out across the country as PTI workers and supporters hit the streets, chanting slogans against the ECP.

In a video statement later, Imran Khan asked the PTI supporters to end protests and disperse and wait for his call for the long march.

Read more: Protests erupt across Pakistan after Imran Khan’s disqualification

“You are already in a difficult phase and I don’t want you to remain in trouble,” the PTI chairman told his workers and supporters.

“I will give you a call [for long march] and this will be the country’s largest protest movement. This movement will not stop until the rule of law is established in the country,” he added.