LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has set November 8 (tomorrow) for hearing a petition wherein the victory of Prime Minister Imran Khan from NA-95 Mianwali in the general elections has been challenged for concealing the fact that Tyrian Jade Khan was his illegitimate child in the nomination papers.
The LHC’s Election Tribunal, comprising Justice Shahid Waheed, on Tuesday fixed the date for arguments on the petition filed by Abdul Wahab Baloch of the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party through his advocate Mubeenuddin Qazi.
Baloch had contested against PM Imran for the Mianwali seat in the general election.
In his petition, he contended that respondent Imran, in his nomination papers for the said seat, had sworn in a false declaration under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 for qualification.
It’s also stated in the petition that Imran “is not qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament) for being a person who is not of a good character and commonly known as the one who violates Islamic injunctions, lacks adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings, does not practice obligatory duties prescribed in Islam and failed to abstain from major sins”.
Moreover it stated, “He (Imran) is not sagacious, righteous, non-profligate, honest and truthful; and also habitually propagates opinion, and acts in a manner prejudicial to the integrity and independence of the judiciary of Pakistan besides defaming and bringing into ridicule the judiciary.”
The petitioner further implored in the petition that the matter of concealed facts stood confirmed through certified documents referred to hereinabove and the judgment of the paternity rendered by a superior court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles in favour of the said Sita White held that Imran was the father of minor Tyrian Jade.
He submitted that for the purpose of general elections 2002, 2013 and 2018 in all the nomination papers along with affidavit duly sworn by him (Imran), he only declared Suleman Khan and Kasim Khan in the list of children and concealed the existence of his love child Tyrian Jade Khan.
He implored that Imran could not be allowed to hold a public office as member of parliament under Article 62(1)(d), (e) & (f) and Article 63 (1) (f), (p) & (o) of the Constitution.
He prayed the court to direct the Election Commission of Pakistan to de-notify Imran as an MNA from the aforementioned constituency and declare the seat vacant besides issuing directions for initiating appropriate proceedings against him for committing corrupt practice by submitting false information/declaration in his nomination papers.