February 29, 2024

File picture of former Pakistan PM Imran Khan (Reuters)

Pakistan’s jailed former prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday challenged the rejection of his nomination papers for 2 Nationwide Meeting seats in Punjab within the run-up to the February 8 polls within the Lahore Excessive Courtroom’s tribunal.

The returning officer (RO) Lahore on Saturday rejected the nomination papers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supremo for 2 Nationwide Meeting seats in Lahore and Mianwali districts of Punjab on “ethical grounds and being convicted within the Toshakhana (nationwide treasury presents) corruption case.”

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On Wednesday, Khan, via his counsels, challenged the RO’s resolution to reject his nomination papers for NA-122 Lahore and NA-89 Mianwali contending the conviction of the Toshakhana case has no hyperlink together with his disqualification beneath Article 62 (1)(f) of the Structure, due to this fact, his nomination papers can’t be rejected.

Khan stated the RO had additionally raised objections on his proposers and seconders not belonging to the constituencies he’s contesting from.

“Each the proposers and seconders belong to NA-122 and NA-89 (and) this objection of the ROs maintain no floor,” Khan stated and pleaded earlier than the court docket to put aside the RO’s resolution and permit him to contest the February 8 polls from those self same two constituencies.

Khan, 71, has been languishing in Adiala jail beneath completely different circumstances since August 2023. Wednesday was the final date to problem the ROs’ choices.

The election physique had rejected nomination papers of 90 per cent of essential PTI leaders on what the get together described as “flimsy grounds,” largely in Punjab.

Khan’s get together stated greater than 3,200 candidates’ nomination papers, largely of PTI, have been rejected. Virtually all such candidates have challenged the ROs’ choices within the tribunals of the excessive court docket.

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The PTI has alleged that the ROs, who’re bureaucrats, have en mass rejected the nomination papers of the PTI leaders from throughout the nation apparently on the route of the ‘navy institution’.