Imran Khan allowed to contest polls from NA-53

01:01 PM | 27 Jun, 2018
Imran Khan allowed to contest polls from NA-53
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ISLAMABAD - The nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman, Imran Khan were formally accepted for NA-53 seat on Wednesday.

Khan's papers for the said constituency were rejected owing to the incomplete affidavit submitted earlier, however, an appeal was filed by the PTI chief through his counsel Babar Awan, which has now been accepted.

Imran Khan had submitted nomination papers for five seats of the National assembly, NA-53 (Islamabad), NA-95 (Mianwali), NA-131 Lahore, NA-243 in Karachi and NA-35.

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With the latest verdict, Khan has been given a go-ahead to contest elections from all the constituencies, except Bannu.

Khan will be facing former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former party leader Ayesha Gulalai and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Sardar Mehtab Abbasi.

Former top judge Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had threatened Imran Khan that he will bring in the Sita White case to seek his disqualification, however, the charge was not entertained by any Returning Officer.

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In an interview to a private TV channel, the former top judge claimed that he has evidence to show Khan’s admittance that he is in fact the father of Tyrian White.

Chaudhry, who now heads Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party, said his party would file objections against Khan’s nomination papers before the relevant Returning Officers.

The legal expert said that there was a precedent for politicians to be disqualified for dishonesty under Article 62 (1)(f), adding that he believed Khan should not be considered ‘sadiq and ameen’ in terms of the Constitutional article, citing documents which confirm the parentage of Tyrian White.

“Khan has mentioned his sons in his nomination papers but made no mention of his daughter. We shall take the case against him in the Supreme Court if the returning officer or the election tribunal fails to act accordingly,” he threatened.

Chaudhry questioned how Khan could go around the world and advocate justice when “he is not even willing to recognise his own daughter”.