Imran moves LHC against ECP proceedings to remove him as PTI chief

Former premier claims electoral watchdog's action 'illegal'

Our Correspondent January 04, 2023
Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) proceedings to strip him from his position as party chairperson following his disqualification in the Toshakhana reference.

In his petition filed before the high court, the former premier maintained that the electoral watchdog was exceeding its powers by trying to remove him as PTI chairperson. It furthered that the ECP had issued the notice “illegally”.

According to the petition, the commission started its "illegal proceedings" against Imran, however, the PTI leader had revealed his full assets before the ECP.

It requested the LHC to suspend the notice sent by the ECP to Imran as well as stop the electoral watchdog from taking further action before the final verdict.

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Last month, the ECP initiated proceedings to strip PTI chief Imran Khan of his party’s chairmanship following his disqualification in the Toshakhana reference.

PTI sources also confirmed that it has received a notice from the Election Commission to Chairman Imran Khan

PTI General Secretary Asad Umar said the party will write a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja to inquire about the reason for sending a notice.

He said they would challenge the legitimacy of the notice, adding that the ECP had no authority to remove Imran Khan as party chairman.


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