LHC Rejects Imran Khan’s Plea On Nomination Papers Dismissal
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), challenging the rejection of his nomination papers for the upcoming general elections on February 8. The high court upheld the decisions made by the returning officer (RO) and the appellate tribunal, both of which had previously ruled against accepting the nomination papers of the disqualified former prime minister for NA-122 and NA-89 constituencies.
A three-member bench, headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi, presided over the hearing of the plea. In his appeal, Khan contended that his nomination papers were rejected by the RO and appellate tribunal in contradiction to the facts, and thus, he sought permission to participate in the upcoming polls.
After considering arguments from both sides, the LHC bench dismissed the appeal of the political figure, upholding the earlier decisions made by the RO and the appellate tribunal.
Furthermore, the high court addressed multiple petitions from other notable PTI members who contested the rejection of their nominations. The larger bench also rejected appeals from PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, PTI Secretary General Hammad Azhar, Khurram Latif Khosa, and PTI activist Sanam Javed.
The rulings by the Lahore High Court underscore the legal standing against the acceptance of the nomination papers of Imran Khan and other PTI members for the specified constituencies. As the general elections approach, these decisions have significant implications for the electoral landscape, shaping the participation of key political figures and parties in the democratic process.