Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s election victory from NA-95 Mianwali was challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) election tribunal on several grounds.
The petition, filed through lawyer Mubeenuddin Qazi, accused Khan of submitting a false declaration along with his nomination papers for the constituency, swearing that he fulfilled the qualification as laid down in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
It stated that Khan did not qualify to be elected as a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora or parliament for being a person who “is not of good character and commonly known for violating Islamic injunctions, lacks adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and does not practise obligatory duties prescribed by Islam”.
According to the petition, he also failed to “abstain from major (moral) sins”.
“Moreover, he is not sagacious, righteous, non-profligate, honest and habitually propagates opinion, and acts in a manner prejudicial to the integrity and independence of the judiciary, besides defaming and bringing into ridicule the judiciary.”
Citing nomination papers submitted by Khan, the petitioner submitted that during the general elections in 2002, 2013 and 2018, the respondent submitted documents and sworn affidavits, declaring only Suleman Khan and Kasim Khan among his children and concealed the existence of his ‘love child’.
The petitioner requested the court that Khan could not be allowed to hold a public office as a member parliament under Article 62(1)(d),(e) and (f) and Article 63(1)(f),(p) and (o) of the Constitution.
The court was also requested to direct the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to denotify Khan as MNA from this constituency and declare the seat vacant.
The court was also requested to order initiating appropriate action against the respondent for “committing corrupt practice by submitting false information/declaration in his nomination papers”.
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