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Court turns down Imran Khan’s petition to withdraw appeal in disqualification case

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq announces reserved judgement
PTI chairman Imran Khan. — AFP/File
PTI chairman Imran Khan. — AFP/File

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday rejected the former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman’s appeal against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ruling that disqualified him in the Toshakhana case.

Following the hearing of arguments from each party, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq announced the court’s decision, which was reserved on September 13.

On October 21, 2022, ECP disqualified the former prime minister under Article 63(1)(p) and ruled that the PTI founder was no more a member of the National Assembly. He was disqualified for making “false statements and incorrect declaration”.

The ECP had stated that Imran submitted a false affidavit and was found involved in corrupt practices under Article 63(1)(p). The decision was taken unanimously by the electoral authority’s five-member bench.

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The deposed prime minister challenged his disqualification in the IHC, praying to the court to set aside the judgment as what he said the ECP had no jurisdiction over the matter.

After hearing the arguments from all sides, IHC announced its reserved judgment on Wednesday (today) in which the plea was rejected by Imran Khan

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