December 5, 2023

Imran Khan’s disqualification in Toshakhana case: PTI workers protest across the country

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Imran Khan’s disqualification in Toshakhana case: PTI workers protest across the country

PTI workers took to streets as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified PTI chief Imran Khan in the Toshakhana reference under Article 63(1)(p) for making “false statements and incorrect declaration.”

Protests were held in various cities across the country.

The written ruling, said that the respondent (Imran Khan) had “intentionally and deliberately” violated the provisions contained [in] sections 137, 167 and 173 of the Elections Act, 2017, as he “has made false statement (sic) and incorrect declaration before the Commission in the statement of assets and liabilities filed by him for the year 2020-21”.

Hence, he (Imran Khan) attracts disqualification under Article 63(1)(p) of the Constitution read with sections 137 and 173 of the Elections Act, 2017, the ruling said.

The ECP verdict further said, “The office is directed to initiate legal proceedings and to take follow-up action under Section 190(2) of the Elections Act, 2017.”

Protests were reported in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi. Footage broadcast on different TV channels showed tires ablaze in Peshawar, while in Islamabad, police could be seen trying to rein in protesters.

PTI workers rallied at the Faizabad interchange, but police stopped the workers from going marching onto Islamabad and resorted to tear gas shelling.

PTI workers also blocked Murree Road with burning tires.

In Rawalpindi, PTI workers demonstrated at Bakra Mandi Chowk. The protesters raised slogans against the ECP’s decision.