Imran’s election as PM challenged

Published: August 31, 2018


LAHORE: A petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) challenged the election of Prime Minster Imran Khan on the ground that every single member of the National Assembly was required to cast his/her vote but 69 votes were not cast.

Advocate Sheikh Zaid Mahmood, a local lawyer, moved the petition on Wednesday through senior lawyer AK Dogar maintaining that it was mandatory under the clause 91(4) of the Constitution that every member of the National Assembly must cast his vote to the person nominated for the election of prime minister.

The petitioner said two parliamentary parties consisting of 69 votes preferred to sit in the National Assembly but abstained from voting. Both Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) failed to participate in the process of the forming of the federal government. The chosen representatives of the people cannot abstain themselves from casting the votes, he said. The petitioner said it was their constitutional duty to exercise their right to vote. The petitioner also made PPP and JI as respondents in the petition, saying that neither they said “yes” nor they said “no” which was constitutionally not allowed.

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He asked the court to declare that every member of the National Assembly must fulfill constitutional duty to elect the leader of the house and chief executive of the country. He further requested the LHC to declare that Imran Khan, the incumbent prime minister, was elected unconstitutionally due to absence of the votes of the total membership of the national assembly.

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  • Shuaib
    Aug 31, 2018 - 2:21AM


  • Farooq Ahmed Khan
    Aug 31, 2018 - 3:51AM

    You should be ashamed of this nonsense, and you want to waste time of the court and Govt functionaries on this idiotic logic, just to gain publicity and drag the new Govt. Despicable act, courts will have to delay cases of poor people to hear your trash. There should be laws to penalize the time wasters.Recommend

  • nikki
    Aug 31, 2018 - 7:34AM

    Those have not used their vote should be punished ,instead of challenging PM’s election Recommend

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Aug 31, 2018 - 11:11AM

    Its better to cancel the membership of all those who abstained from voting and not fulfilling their constitutional requirements. Simple majority was already on the cards for PTI so that cannot be nullified. Recommend

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