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Imran strikes SC towards rejection of nomination papers from Lahore, Mianwali

Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan moved the Supreme Court docket on Wednesday towards the rejection of his nomination papers within the February 8 polls from Lahore and Mianwali constituencies.

The nomination papers of the previous prime minister have been rejected for 2 Nationwide Meeting constituencies — Lahore’s NA-122 and Mianwali’s NA-89 — for the elections.

“The PTI founder has been convicted,” the returning officer (RO) assigned to scrutinise the nomination papers of the NA-122 constituency mentioned, explaining the idea of the choice, dealing a blow to the PTI forward of the polls.

The papers have been rejected after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Naseer raised objections, referring to Khan’s five-year disqualification within the Toshakhana case whereby the electoral physique had discovered him responsible of corrupt practices beneath Part 167 of the Elections Act, 2017.

“PTI founder’s proposer and seconder don’t belong from NA-122,” the objection added.

The previous PTI chief had filed a plea on the Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) towards the rejection of the papers which have been turned down because the court docket upheld the selections of the RO and appellate tribunal.

In his petition earlier than the Supreme Court docket, Khan urged the court docket to declare him eligible to contest the elections from the 2 constituencies.

“The notification of disqualification beneath Article 63 (1)(h) is ineligible,” mentioned the plea. It additionally contends that for an individual order to be disqualified beneath Article 63 (1)(H) an ethical crime should even be dedicated.

The petition additionally mentioned that the conviction within the Toshakhana case was not on ethical grounds. “The selections of the returning officer, Election Tribunal and excessive court docket ought to be declared null and void,” Khan requested.

Earlier at present, an accountability court docket sentenced Khan and his partner, Bushra Bibi, to 14 years in jail within the Toshakhana case. The decide additionally disqualified the previous premier for 10 years.

The decision got here a day after the PTI founder and Shah Mahmood Qureshi have been sentenced to 10 years within the cipher case.