Islamabad district and sessions court on Tuesday dismissed a plea for an immediate hearing of the Toshakhana case against the former prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) filed the petition in the court of additional sessions by Judge Zafar Iqbal.
The former prime minister was summoned to the court at 8:30 a.m., but he did not appear. Imran Khan’s lawyers, Khawaja Haris and Faisal Chaudhry objected to the case being heard immediately, calling it a waste of money and time.
He challenged the need for an immediate hearing after the judge ruled that the case be heard on April 29.
Haris stated that they were preparing for the case’s planned hearing on April 29 and that whoever submitted the petition against Imran Khan wanted to ‘target’ him.
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After hearing arguments, the court reserved the judgment for 10 minutes. Following the commencement of the case, the court denied ECP’s request for an instant hearing.
The hearing will now take place on April 29 as planned.
The ECP stated in the written ruling, “According to Imran Khan’s statement, he purchased the gifts from Toshakhana for 21.564 million rupees, while the Cabinet Division stated that the gifts had a value of 107.943 million.”
“The funds in his bank account were roughly half the value of the state gifts.” “Imran Khan was required to declare the cash and bank details in his returns, but he did not,” the ECP ruling stated.
“Imran Khan has been declared disqualified and unseated from his National Assembly seat,” the ECP stated, adding that “he has been disqualified under Article 63, 1(P) for submitting a false statement and declaration.”