Ex-Pakistani PM Khan challenges disqualification from office

ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday challenged an election fee ruling disqualifying him from holding public workplace for 5 years, his spokesman and lawyer stated.

The fee Friday discovered that Khan illegally offered state items and hid belongings as premier. The ruling disqualified Khan underneath Pakistani regulation from holding public workplace for 5 years and he misplaced his seat in parliament routinely.

The fee’s resolution deepened lingering political turmoil within the impoverished Islamic nation fighting a spiraling financial system, meals shortages and the aftermath of unprecedented floods this summer season that killed 1,725 folks, displaced a whole lot of hundreds and triggered a surge in malaria and different flood-related illnesses.

The announcement by the fee got here as Khan, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote within the parliament in April, has been rallying supporters in opposition to the brand new authorities of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and calling for early elections.

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Protesters briefly clashed with police Friday outdoors the capital of Islamabad. Later, Khan urged supporters to disperse peacefully and anticipate his name for a march on Islamabad.

Sharif, in a information convention within the jap metropolis of Lahore on Saturday, referred to as Khan a “licensed thief” in reference to the election fee’s resolution in opposition to him and stated the federal government is not going to let his supporters storm the capital.

Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for Khan, stated a petition difficult Khan’s disqualification was filed in Islamabad Excessive Court docket searching for an pressing listening to.

Khan’s legal professional, Ali Zafar, stated he was hopeful the courtroom will quash the election fee verdict.

The fee’s resolution adopted a petition from Sharif’s coalition authorities searching for motion in opposition to Khan over allegations that he unlawfully offered state items. In Pakistan, authorities leaders are allowed to purchase again items, however they aren’t normally offered. If they’re, people should declare that as earnings.

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Khan, who got here to energy in 2018, was ousted in April this yr by way of a no-confidence vote in parliament however he alleged with out offering proof that his authorities was toppled by Sharif as a part of a U.S. plot — claims that each the premier and Washington have denied.

Additionally Saturday, Khan advised reporters at his residence in Islamabad that subsequent Friday he’ll announce when to start out his lengthy march on Islamabad.

Senator Azam Swati was sitting with Khan who was launched from jail after courtroom order his launch on bail. Swati was arrested on Oct. 13 and allegedly stripped and tortured for tweeting in regards to the nation’s military chief.

Swati harassed that judiciary ought to take discover of the torture and parliamentarian and attorneys neighborhood ought to elevate voice in opposition to human rights violation.