LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Monday suspended Punjab Assembly membership of Khan Muhammad Khichi, a returned candidate from PP-239 Vehari in recently held by-polls.

He has been suspended five days before the proposed dissolution of the Provincial Assembly on March 16th.

Justice Ayesha A Malik suspended the membership on a petition moved by Imran Khan, the losing candidate, through his counsel Ahsan Bhoon.

In his arguments, the petitioner’s counsel pointed out that the respondent MPA had not turned up despite several notices while the counsel pleading case on his behalf had also not submitted a power of attorney.

He pointed out that MPA, who contested February 18 by-polls as an independent candidate, was defaulter of Rs 12 million of a private bank and he had not disclosed the fact to the Returning Officer at the time of filing his nomination papers.

He said the respondent MPA did not fulfil Constitutional requirement and liable to be disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

He prayed to the court to disqualify Khan Muhammad Khichi from the Assembly seat.

The judge suspending the notification sought reply from respondents by March 13th.