PTI to challenge decision of Imran Khan's disqualification

PTI to challenge decision of Imran Khan's disqualification

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday announced to challenge the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision of Imran khan's disqualification in the Toshahkhana reference.

Speaking to media persons after the verdict, PTI's Secretary General Asad Umar said that the party would challenge the verdict in the high court.

On this occasion former minister and PTI leder Fawad Chaudhry said that the commission had given the verdict they had hoped for.

"They are only targeting Imran Khan," he said.

The PTI leader said that the ECP and its members are not competent to make this decision. "Who are you [ECP] to take a this decision?" he questioned.

ECP's attitude had always been the worst. “We never pinned any hopes on it.”

“This is a shameful decision. They have disgraced the 220-million-strong-nation.”

The former minister termed the decision as an assault on the institutions of Pakistan and called on PTI cohorts and the public at large to come out for protests against this outrage.

Earlier on Friday,  the (ECP disqualified former premier and PTI Chairman Imran Khan for five years in Toshakhana reference.

A four-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja, announced the verdict reserved on September 19.

According to the verdict, the PTI chairman is no more a member National Assembly. The ECP stated that Imran submitted a false affidavit and found involved in corrupt practices, adding that criminal proceedings will be initiated against the former premier for false declaration.

On Thursday, the electoral watchdog had ordered all the parties concerned or their counsels to appear before the commission at its secretariat in Islamabad.

The coalition government had filed a reference seeking former premier Imran’s disqualification from public office under articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution for “not sharing details” of Toshakhana gifts and proceeds from their alleged sale.

They submitted the reference to the National Assembly speaker who subsequently forwarded it to the CEC for action.