SC dismisses petition seeking PM Imran’s disqualification

Published: September 24, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing civil servants on September 14, 2018. SCREENGRAB

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing civil servants on September 14, 2018. SCREENGRAB

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a constitutional petition seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Imran Khan for “not being Sadiq (truthful) and Ameen (righteous)”.

The petition, filed by PML-N leader Daniyal Chaudhry last year, contended that Khan’s version of his ‘love child’ Tyrian Jade White was against common sense, moral laws and they did not coincide with Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

It also stated that the prime minister should be disqualified for not being Sadiq and Ameen in accordance with the relevant articles of the Constitution.

During the hearing, Danyal Chaudhry appeared along with his counsel, Qausain Faisal Mufti, who stated that the petition had become infructuous and he would like to approach the high court on the matter.

“No one is stopping [you from] approaching the high court,” Justice Ijazul Ahsan, a member of the bench, remarked.

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Subsequently, the bench asked if he would like to withdraw the petition or the court should pass an order for the same. But, the applicant’s attorney requested the bench to declare it withdrawn. The bench dismissed the petition as withdrawn.

It is leant that the applicant withdrew the petition after consulting with former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Babar Awan, PTI’s senior leader, was present in the courtroom.

Later, Awan told media-persons that similar petitions pending against the PM in different forums would also meet the same fate in line with the SC’s Monday order.

However, Khan was still faced with the possibility of being disqualified.

An SC lawyer, Abdul Wahab Baloch, challenged Khan’s qualification in the Election Tribunal in Lahore. Baloch belongs to the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party, which is led by former CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

His petition contended that Khan had not made truthful declarations in his nomination papers as well as in affidavits to the effect that Tyrian Jade Khan-White “is his illegitimate child (born out of marriage of Respondent No.1 Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi with Ana-Luisa [Sita] White), the daughter of the late Lord Gordon White.

This illegitimate relationship, the petition contended, resulted in Tyrian Jade White’s birth on June 15, 1992.

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Original certified court documents and testimonials were submitted along with the petition that were duly attested by the State Department of the United States.

A few other similar petitions are also pending in various courts.

It also stated that the judgment rendered by a superior court of the State of California held that Khan was the father of the child, namely Tyrian Jade.

The petition stated that nomination papers submitted by the respondent, Imran Khan, for general elections in 2002, 2013 and 2018, declared Suleman Khan and Kasim Khan among his children, while deliberately concealing the existence of his ‘love child’ Tyrian Jade Khan-White.

It also stated that Imran Khan was heading a political party named Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The party’s name translated to ‘movement for justice’, but he failed to provide justice to his own daughter.

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