A Peshawar High Court bench issued a notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan over a petition seeking his disqualification from holding any public office for various reasons, including the failure to mention his alleged daughter in his nomination papers filed for contesting the election in the National Assembly constituency NA-35, Bannu.
According to a local media report, Justice Roohul Amin Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim also brought the Election Commission of Pakistan into confidence and ordered Imran Khan to respond to the petition during the next hearing.
The bench ordered the respondents, including Imran Khan, to respond to the petition on the next hearing.
The case was adjourned after hearing the arguments of the petitioner’s lawyer, Abdur Rasheed Khan, who contended that “the PTI chief had concealed important facts in his nomination papers and therefore, he was not righteous and sagacious in terms of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution”.
Imran Khan had won the election in NA-35, Bannu, by defeating former provincial chief minister Akram Khan Durrani and other candidates.
A similar petition had been filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) by Justice (r) Iftikhar Chaudhry who announced before elections that his party would challenge the candidature of Imran Khan in every constituency from where he would contest the election.
The lawyer, Abdur Rasheed Khan said the petitioner had “annexed important documents, including judgments of courts in the US, about the famous case of Sita White and her daughter Tyrian White, which proved that the latter was the daughter of Imran Khan”.
The lawyer claimed that in the nomination papers, the PTI chief had only mentioned his two sons and not his daughter.
He added that Mr Imran had also concealed the properties belonging to his current wife, Bushra Bibi, in the nomination papers.