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Decision Reserved on Imran’s Disqualification Application

Decision Reserved on Imran’s Disqualification Application.

Imran Khan’s Disqualification Appeal: Verdict Hangs in the Balance

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan’s fate hangs in the balance as the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi Bench reserved its decision on his disqualification appeal.

The court, led by Justice Chaudhry Abdul Aziz, heard arguments from Khan’s lawyer, Barrister Ali Zafar, on Sunday.

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Key arguments:

  • Zafar challenged the returning officer’s authority: He argued that the officer lacks the power to judge “moral turpitude” or eligibility without proper evidence.
  • Similar case cited: Zafar referenced the case of PML-N’s Khawaja Asif before the 2018 elections, where disqualification hinged on salary issues.

Court’s response:

  • Distinguishing cases: Justice Aziz acknowledged the salary difference in Asif’s case, but emphasized that the court needs to determine if Khan declared funds from the sale of Toshakhana gifts.
  • Focus on declaration, not merits: The court clarified it wasn’t debating the Toshakhana case itself, but rather the disclosure of any proceeds from selling the gifts.

Uncertainty ahead:

With the decision reserved, the political landscape in Pakistan remains tense. Khan’s supporters await the verdict, while his opponents anticipate the court’s stance on the Toshakhana controversy.

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