LAHORE - The Lahore High Court election tribunal on Friday issued notices to Prime Minster Imran Khan and others in a petition filed against his election victory from NA-95 Mianwali.

The election tribunal consisting of Justice Shahid Waheed issued the notices on the petition filed by Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party’s candidate Abdul Wahab Baloch. The petitioner accused the prime minister of submitting a false declaration along with his nomination papers for the constituency, swearing that he did not fulfill the qualification as laid down in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Filed by his political opponent in the constituency through Advocate Mubeenuddin Qazi, the petition states that Imran Khan did not qualify to be elected as a member of the parliament as he “is not of good character and commonly known for violating Islamic injunctions, lacks adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and does not practise obligatory duties prescribed by Islam”.

According to the petition, he also failed to “abstain from major (moral) sins”. “Moreover, he is not sagacious, righteous, non-profligate, honest… and habitually propagates opinion, and acts in a manner prejudicial to the integrity and independence of the judiciary, besides defaming and bringing into ridicule the judiciary,” it states.

The facts concealed by Khan “stood confirmed from certified documents … and the judgment on paternity rendered by a superior court of the State of California for the county of Los Angeles in favor of Sita White [in which] it was held that [Imran] Khan was the father of Tyrian Jade”, it says.

It cites nomination papers submitted by Khan that during the general elections in 2002, 2013 and 2018, the respondent submitted documents and sworn affidavits, declaring only Suleman Khan and Kasim Khan among his children and concealed the existence of his ‘love child’, Tyrian Jade Khan.

The petitioner submitted that respondent Imran Khan may kindly not be allowed to hold the public office as a member parliament under Article 62(1)(d),(e)&(f) and Article 63(1)(f),(p)&(o) of the Constitution. The court was further requested to direct the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-notify him as MNA. The petitioner also sought initiation of appropriate action against him for “committing corrupt practice by submitting false information/declaration in his nomination papers”.

LHC issues notices to Tareen, 14 govt high-ups

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday served notices on disqualified PTI leader Jahangir Tareen and 14 others, and sought their reply on a writ petition filed against the former for chairing an official meeting in spite of being disqualified for life by the Supreme Court.

Shoaib Saleem Advocate in-person filed the petition on Wednesday pleading that the former PTI secretary general was disqualified by the apex court for not being “Sadiq and Amin” under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution of Pakistan and Section 99 of the Representation of People Act (Ropa).

Besides Tareen, the LHC also issued notices to Federation of Pakistan; Adviser to the PM Arbab Shahzad; National Food Security & Research Secretary Dr. Hashim Popalzai; Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Chairman Dr. Yusuf Zafar; National Food Security & Research (NFSR) Senior Joint Secretary, Dr Javed Humayun; NFSR Animal Quarantine Department Director Khurshid Ahmed; NFSR Assistant Animal Husbandry Commissioner Javed Iqbal Khan; National Veterinary Labs Director-General Aamer Bin Zaheer; Livestock and Dairy Development Board CEO Dr Fatahullah Khan; Fisheries Development Board CEO Dr Anser Mahmood Chatta; NFSR Economic Consultant Dr. Muhammad Ali Talpur; Federal Water Management Cell Director General Muhammad Tahir Awan; former Punjab Livestock Secretary Naseem Sadiq; and PM’s Reform Team Member Saad Hayat Tamman.

He states that it is an open secret that Mr Tareen has been involved in all lobbying for making of the government, whether provincial or the federal, and participated in various meetings held at the Prime Minister Secretariat illegally and unlawfully.

The lawyer submits that the respondent convened and chaired an official meeting on Sept, 2018, without any legal mandate. The meeting was attended by government officers, which is tantamount to making mockery of the decisions of higher courts and ridiculing the process of law, he says.

In the writ petition, he says, “Dishonest’ Jahangir Tareen/respondent convened and chaired a meeting titled “LIVESTOCK EMERGENCY WORKING GROUP – 100 DAYS AGENDA” vide minutes of meeting dated 13-9-2018 without any legal mandate.” He says a disqualified person has no such legal and constitutional mandate even to have sitting in such meetings for being dishonest as declared by the apex court.

He argues that the media widely reported that a disqualified person held a key meeting of top government officials at the secretariat of prime minister which created many questions in the minds of public at large regarding the sanctity of court orders.

He submitted that the court may kindly summon Tareen and seek an explanation under what authority of law he convened and chaired the official meeting. He sought a court order permanently restraining Prime Minister Imran Khan from allowing him to attend any official meeting in any manner and capacity whatsoever.

He stated that it was an open secret that Tareen has been involved in all lobbying for making of the government, whether provincial or the federal, and participated in various meetings held at the Prime Minister Secretariat illegally and unlawfully. He said a disqualified person has no such legal and constitutional mandate even to have sitting in such meetings for being dishonest as declared by the SC. The petitioner says that the media widely reported that a disqualified person held a key meeting of top government officials at the secretariat of prime minister which created many questions in the minds of the public at large regarding the sanctity of court orders. The petitioner added that Tareen had given a briefing as well as orders during the official meeting.

He submitted that the court may kindly summon Tareen and seek an explanation that under what authority of law he convened and chaired the official meeting. He sought a court order permanently restraining Prime Minister Imran Khan from allowing him to attend any official meeting in any manner and capacity whatsoever. The court adjourned the hearing till December 4, 2018.