As a result of his disqualification in the Toshakhana reference, former prime minister Imran Khan has been the target of two petitions asking the Lahore High Court to remove him from his position as chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
The judge was still considering whether or not to hear the petitions as a single bench or to refer them to a bigger bench.
Both petitions were submitted by lawyer Muhammad Afaq; one was filed on his own behalf, and the other was filed on behalf of a civilian named Muhammad Junaid.
The attorney asked Justice Chattah to not hear the petitions and instead send them to the chief justice so that they might be heard by another judge at a later date. The attorney believed that the judge had once run for office on the PTI platform.
After hearing the attorney’s arguments, the judge ordered the petitions against Imran Khan to be rescheduled for May 19 and revealed his decision later.
Ex-PM Imran Khan is accused of various violations
The petitions primarily assert that the former prime minister Imran Khan was disqualified and de-seated from NA-95, Mianwali, by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) due to a corruption charge.
According to the Representation of the Peoples Act of 1976 and the Political Parties Order of 2002, party officials must be eligible to hold public office as outlined in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
According to the petitions, Imran Khan is breaking the law by continuing to serve as head of the PTI, a political party that is officially recognized by the ECP.
It also alludes to the situation when Nawaz Sharif, a disqualified former prime minister, was prevented by the Supreme Court from leading the PML-N.
Petitions have been filed asking the high court to direct the ECP to depose Khan as PTI chairman and nominate a new party head.
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