ECP Disqualifies Imran Khan for 5 Years

ECP Disqualifies Imran Khan for 5 Years

ECP Disqualifies Imran Khan for 5 Years

The ECP disqualifies Imran Khan for five years. The Commission’s ban is followed by a recent conviction in the Toshakhana case initiated on the complaint of Election Commission, sent by Speaker National Assembly, Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf.

Trial Court Sentenced PTI Chairman to 3-year Imprisonment.

Islamabad Trial court presided by Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar sentenced PTI Supremo to three years in prison and fined him Rs100,000/- as well as directed the Inspector General, Islamabad to arrest him and send him to Adyala Jail. This sentence came as a result of the Commission’s criminal complaint, accusing Former Premier of Pakistan, of concealing details about Toshakhana gifts. The court found him guilty of deliberately and intentionally hiding the benefits he received from the national exchequer, thereby declaring him involved in corrupt practices.

PTI Chairman arrested by Punjab Police

Following the verdict, instead of IG, Islamabad, Punjab police went to his residence in Zaman Park, Lahore arrested PTI Chairman. His conviction by the Trial Court has effectively barred him from holding any public office for the next five years, in light of Article 63(1)(h) of the Constitution. This article states that an individual will be banned from parliamentary membership if he or she is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude and sentenced to imprisonment for at least 2 years.

ECP’s Notification confirms Disqualification

In a notification issued today, the Commission referred to the court order from Saturday and formally ineligible under Article 63(1)(h) of the Constitution, in conjunction with Section 232 of the Elections Act, 2017. The notification specified that Imran Khan is barred for five years and is no longer a returned candidate from constituency NA-45 Kurram-I or any other seat.

PTI Chairman Files Petition in Islamabad High Court

Today, Imran Khan’s legal team lodged a criminal appeal against his conviction in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the trial court’s verdict. Imran Khan’s legal team argued in the petition that the order was not sustainable and should be set aside. The IHC will address this petition tomorrow, with Hon’ble Chief Justice Mr. Aamer Farooq and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri presiding.

Background of Imran Khan’s Conviction

Imran Khan’s conviction and subsequent disqualification are the culmination of a tumultuous 15-month period in Pakistan’s politics. Bad times for Khan started as soon as he stood against his ouster back in April 2022 in response to a no-confidence vote in the parliament. Imran Khan accused the then Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa as well as the American establishment. Later on, he mended his statement and stated that only Bajwa was involved, in lobbying against Khan in America against him. Following his removal, Imran Khan launched an assertive campaign, demanding elections and blaming the current government and military leadership for his ouster.

What the law of the land states?

A renowned Advocate for Supreme Court, Mr. Salman Akram Raja in a conversation with Anchor Mehar Bukhari stated that Commission was bound to move against Khan, had they found any discrepancy in his returns in only 120 days.

Salman Akram Raja stated that he was flabbergasted by the trial court verdict, wherein no breaking of the law has been discussed and according to him, the criminal complaint filed by the government through the speaker national assembly was completely frivolous and non-maintainable.  

Toshakhana Case and Disqualification

The Toshakhana case, initiated by ruling party lawmakers, was based on a complaint filed by the Election Commission. The complaint accused Imran Khan of deliberately withholding information about gifts that he received from the Toshaskhana while he was Prime Minister of Pakistan. These gifts are kept in a repository and must be reported to the Cabinet Division according to Toshakhana rules

ECP Disqualifies Imran Khan for 5 Years

Imran Khan had previously faced legal challenges regarding his retention of gifts. On October 21, 2022, the Commission determined that he had provided false statements and incorrect declarations about these gifts.

This led to his disqualification under Article 63(1)(p) of the Constitution. Subsequently, the Commission pursued criminal proceedings against Imran Khan for misleading officials about the gifts he received from foreign dignitaries during his prime ministerial tenure.

Read more: Imran Khan arrested after Court Verdict in Toshakhana Case

Ongoing Developments

After a series of legal proceedings, Imran Khan’s conviction in the Toshakhana case marked his disqualification from public office. This development arrives just days before his government’s intended completion of its tenure on August 9, 2023.

The political landscape in Pakistan continues to evolve, with legal actions and protests reflecting the complexities of the political situation.

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