ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan challenged in the Islamabad high court Saturday his disqualification as MP by the election commission that also barred him from public office.
The court will hear his plea on October 24 (Monday).
In his petition, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief has urged the court to declare as “null and void” the commission’s order on Friday for “corrupt practices” while he was Prime Minister, including making a false declaration on sale of gifts received from foreign dignitaries.
The tribunal’s order had come on a case filed this August by a lawmaker of the governing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), accusing Imran of hiding the gifts from the “toshakhana” (a state depository). The gifts included Rolex watches, a ring and a pair of cufflinks.
Amid protests against Imran’s bar, PM Shehbaz Sharif Saturday described his predecessor as a “certified liar and thief”. “The nation would have saluted you if you had deposited money from selling state gifts in the treasury. I would have, too, despite being your political opponent,” Sharif said, adding Imran had disrespected Pakistan.