LHC reserves verdict on petition seeking Imran’s removal as PTI chairman

The Lahore High Court (LHC) reserved its verdict on the petition asking for the removal of Imran Khan as the PTI chief after his disqualification in the Toshakhana reference.

On Thursday, Justice Muhammad Sajid Mehmood Sethi presided over the hearing to decide whether the plea was eligible for additional proceedings.

Imran was disqualified on October 21 in the reference by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by Article 63(1) (p).

The ECP subsequently de-notified him as MNA from NA-95 with immediate effect on October 24.

The argument made in the plea was that it was a legal and constitutional necessity for party officeholders to be qualified by Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution under the terms of the Representation of the People Act of 1976 and Political Parties Order (PPO) of 2002.

According to the plea, Imran should have been de-notified of his position as PTI chairman when he was disqualified from the NA-95 election, and an order should be made to that effect.

He argued that the Political Parties Order and its regulations prohibit a disqualified individual from leading a political party.

He said that Imran is breaking the law by continuing to lead PTI, which was a registered party with the ECP.

The lawyer asked the judge to instruct the ECP to remove Imran as PTI chairman and to issue instructions for the selection of a new party leader.

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