Pakistan Election Commission disqualifies Imran in Toshakhana case

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan@Imran Khan/Facebook

Islamabad, Oct 21: In a major legal victory for the ruling coalition government in Islamabad, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), in a consensus verdict on Friday, disqualified former Prime Minister Imran Khan and ruled that the PTI chairman is no more a member of the National Assembly.

The ECP stated that Khan submitted a false affidavit and found involved in corrupt practices, Geo News reported.

Rejecting the ruling, PTI leader Fawad Chauhdry said that it is an attack on 220 million Pakistanis. The verdict was announced amid tight security in the capital city’s Red Zone where at least 1,100 police officials were deployed under the command of a senior superintendent of police to control the law and order situation in the area.

The officer was assisted by five superintendents of police, six deputy superintendents of police.

Geo News reported that the law enforcement agency was given teargas shells in case the party workers launch a protest.

According to a notice, the ECP had ordered all the relevant parties or their counsels to appear before the commission at its secretariat.

The poll body had reserved its verdict in the Toshakhana case on September 19 after arguments were completed from both sides. A five-member bench of the ECP, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, heard the case. Toshakhana is a word of Persian origin that literally translates into “treasure house”.

A department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division, it stores precious gifts given to the head of states, MPs, bureaucrats and officials by heads of other governments, states and foreign dignitaries.

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