LHC dismisses petition against Imran Khan

LAHORE: Justice Shahid Jamil Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed a petition against chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Thursday.

The petition was filed to challenge the PTI chairman’s decision to contest the upcoming by-elections from all vacant of the National Assembly.

As the hearing began, Justice Shahid Jamal Khan inquired as to whether nomination papers by Imran Khan to contest all 9 vacant seats were submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), to which the attorney representing the petitioner prudently answered that the politician had not submitted his nomination papers as of yet.

The court then observed that the case was still ‘immature’, adding that the petitioner, Mian Asif Mehmood of the Amun Taraqqi Party, should wait until Imran Khan submits his final nomination papers.

Even then, the court remarked, that the petitioner should first approach the ECP and then file his objection with the court.

Upon hearing the court remarks, the counsel for petition decided to withdraw the petition, and Justice Shahid Jamil Khan subsequently dismissed the petition after its withdrawal.

The petitioner had appealed the court to look into the practice of politicians contesting from multiple constituencies and later vacating them.

The petitioner’s brief argued that chairman PTI Imran Khan had earlier contested general elections in 2018 from five different constituencies, and later vacated four of them after he turned out victorious on all seats.

The petition argued that this practice wasted precious resources and funds, as the ECP had to conduct elections from the four constituencies of Imran Khan again in order to fill the vacancy.

Similar practices were repeated by other politicians such as chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the incumbent foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Aleem Khan, the petitioner’s counsel maintained.

Mian Asif Mehmood sought the court’s intervention in the matter and wanted the court to issue directions to the relevant departments for amending the relevant laws in this regard.