SHC dismisses petition seeking disqualification of Imran, Alvi

March 30, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and MNA Dr Arif Alvi.

A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Faisal Arab, dismissed the petition for not being maintainable.

An NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s secretary general, Rana Faizul Hassan filed the petition, nominating secretary law, Election Commission of Pakistan’s secretary, PTI chairman Imran Khan and MNA Dr Arif Alvi as respondents.

In the petition, Rana submitted that the news story about the taped conversation between Imran Khan and the MNA, in which he is appreciating the occupation of the state-run television, PTV, in August 2014, appeared in all newspapers on March 28.

In taped conversation, he said, the MNA informs Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers have breached the premises of the state-run television headquarters, adding, in reply, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman expressed happiness with the occupation and asked the MNA to mount the pressure on the government so that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.

He argued that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman and the MNA breached the oath of their office as they encouraged their workers against the government which is violation of Article 5 of the Constitution which stipulates that loyalty to the state is the basic duty of every citizen and obedience to the Constitution and law is the inviolable obligation of every citizen.

Rana said the purported act of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman and MNA constituted an attack on sovereignty of the state, therefore, he pleaded to the court to order their disqualification from National Assembly seats.

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