Imran Khan given green signal to contest elections from NA-131, NA-243

  • Reservations against Imran Khan were baseless and unsubstantiated: Babar Awan
Elections 2018
Imran Khan leaves the Supreme Court after his case hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD – The Returning Officers deputed for scrutiny of nomination papers for NA-131 and NA-243 have approved the nomination papers filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

NA-131 is one of the five constituencies for which the PTI supremo is contesting the forthcoming polls; his papers for NA 53 were rejected owing to incompletre forms.

During the hearing of case regarding the objections raised against Khan for NA-53 on Tuesday, his counsel Babar Awan read Article 62 of the Law of Evidence (1984), arguing that the reservations against his client were unfounded and unsubstantiated.

The senior lawyer said that the accusations against PTI supremo had no legal value as one of the reservations that pertain to his illegitimate daughter Tyrian White have never been proved with any evidence nor have any claims been made by the 26-year-old girl or her mother.

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Moreover, he added that any verdict given against his client in the United States was not binding on the Pakistani law.

‘Pakistani Constitution states that any person prosecuted by the Pakistani courts is not eligible to contest elections, however, no such verdict has been given against Khan anywhere in Pakistan,’ he argued.

Babar, who is also a part of PTI, said that the allegations were merely created over the social media which should be regulated under cyber laws.

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He said that in Khan’s written response, the reservations have been denied and if that’s not the case, the Supreme Court (SC) has declared the PTI chief as Sadiq and Amin.

Tyrian White is the daughter of the late British socialite, Sita White. The lady had won a default judgment in a paternity suit against Imran Khan in a Los Angeles court in 1997. The decision came after Khan refused to provide his DNA samples to prove or disprove paternity.