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Imran Khan Cleared in Court Over Nomination Issue

 

Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and previous Head of the state, confronted a request for his preclusion for probably disguising his daughter Tyrian White in his selection papers.

Case Particulars Imran Khan

Shahri Muhammad Sajid, the complainant, had complained against Imran Khan, stating that he didn’t write Tyrian White (his daughter) in his nomination paper along with other supporting documents, such as a statement by Jemima Khan, who is the ex-wife of  Khan and backed up the custody appeal of Tyrian White in a court at California.

Past Verdicts Imran Khan

Earlier on, an Islamabad High Court two-judge bench had dismissed it as non-maintainable but later a three-judge larger bench heard the review plea filed by the same petitioner.

Petitioner’s Lawyer Arguments

Hamid Ali Shah who was representing the petitioner contended that Tyrian White was not disclosed by Imran Khan in his alleged daughter’s nomination papers making him ineligible to contest elections. He also submitted more documents such as Jemima Khan’s declaration supporting Tyrian White’s custody case in California court among others.

Court Decision

A three-judge larger bench of Islamabad High Court comprising Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir and Justice Suman Rifat Imtiaz rejected this particular disqualification application terming it ‘non-maintainable’.

During the hearing, Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri observed that two judges had already given their verdicts in favor of the PTI chief, while the third judge stated that since they had already given their verdicts, no other judge could entertain the same matter again. Therefore, he deemed this petition non-maintainable.

Contentions Raised By Petitioner

Hamid Ali Shah advocate for appellant argued before full court that respondent has failed to mention about illegitimate child namely “Tyrian White” when filling up his nomination papers for contesting election as Member National Assembly (MNA) from this constituency making him ineligible under Article 62(f) of Constitution therefore he should be disqualified accordingly. Furthermore, appellant filed some additional documents like declaration by Ex-wife of respondent Jemima Khan supporting custody case in California court etc.

Court Observations

Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir observed that the petitioner did not provide any fresh material in support of his allegations, and since two judges had already given their verdicts, he dismissed the petition as non-maintainable.

The IHC’s decision has put an end to the petition against Imran Khan’s disqualification and he will not face any other legal proceedings in this connection.

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