IHC schedules hearing for Imran’s disqualification case on April 19

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s appeal against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to disqualify him in the Toshakhana repository case on April 19.

The petition will be heard by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, according to the cause list issued by the Registrar’s Office.

Khan was disqualified by the ECP on October 21 under Article 63(1)(p) for making “false statements and incorrect declarations” regarding gifts he received from foreign dignitaries during his tenure as prime minister. The decision led to protests in various cities.

Following this, on October 25, the ECP withheld the notification of Khan’s victory in six National Assembly seats he won in the October 16 by-elections, while also de-seating him as an MP from Mianwali, his hometown. The ECP also de-notified Khan from the six NA seats on February 24.

Khan moved the IHC against the decision, and the court restrained the polls supervisory authority from conducting the election at NA-95 Mianwali, the National Assembly seat that he had retained after becoming prime minister in August 2018.

In addition to this, the IHC will also hear Imran Khan’s application seeking permission to appear in Islamabad courts through video on April 12. The application will be heard by Chief Justice Farooq.

The court has already sought replies from the Ministry of Interior, Law and Justice, inspector general of police (IGP), and others. Last week, the Registrar’s Office was directed by the court to schedule the application for the hearing.


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