The nomination papers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supremo had been rejected final month for two National Assembly constituencies in Lahore and Mianwali districts of the province on “moral grounds and being convicted in the Toshakhana (national treasury gifts) corruption case”.
The 71-year-old former-cricketer-turned-politician had filed a petition at the Lahore High Court (LHC) earlier this month against the rejection of the papers, which the court turned down, upholding the selections of the returning officer (RO) and appellate tribunal.
In his plea, Khan urged the apex courtroom to declare him eligible to contest the elections from the 2 constituencies, Geo News reported.
“The notification of disqualification under Article 63 (1)(h) is ineligible,” the report cited the plea.
Contending that for an individual to be disqualified below Article 63 (1)(H), an ethical crime should even be dedicated, the petition stated that the conviction within the Toshakhana corruption case was not on ethical grounds.
“The decisions of the returning officer, the Election Tribunal and high court should be declared null and void,” the plea stated.
Earlier within the day, an accountability court sentenced the former prime minister and his wife, Bushra Bibi, to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case, dealing one other blow to Khan a day after being handed a 10-year jail time period for leaking delicate state secrets and techniques.
In the Toshakhana corruption case, the jailed PTI founder was accused of retaining costly state presents they obtained throughout his tenure as Pakistan’s premier.
Khan and his spouse had been additionally barred from holding any public workplace for ten years and slapped with a positive of Rs 787 million every.
On Tuesday, Khan and ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were sentenced to 10 years in prison by a particular courtroom for leaking delicate state secrets and techniques. Khan is already serving a three-year jail time period after being convicted of corruption.
General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan on February 8.