Former prime minister and incumbent PTI president Imran Khan has violated sections 137, 167, and 173 of the 2017 Elections Act, as per today’s ruling by the Election Commission of Pakistan. “[The former prime minister] has made false statements and incorrect declarations before the Commission in the statement of assets and liabilities filed by him in the year 2020-2021.” This, in the Commission’s eyes, was no less than “intentionally and deliberately” carried out.
Therefore, Khan has been disqualified from his position as a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan under Article 63(1)(p) of the State’s constitution. Under this Article, “for the time being, [a person] disqualified from being elected or chosen as a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament) or of a provincial assembly under any law for the time being in force.”
Protests are currently taking place across the nation, with demonstrations being held in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, and Peshawar as senior PTI leaders encourage their supporters to crowd the streets. Gohar Khan, Khan’s personal lawyer, is taking the case to the Islamabad High Court as soon as he can—”right now,” he says.