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Toshakhana case: Court rejects ECP’s request for early hearing

The Islamabad district and sessions court denied a request for an immediate hearing in the Toshakhana case against former Prime Minister and PTI chief Imran Khan on Tuesday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) filed the petition in the court of additional Sessions 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 questioned the need for an immediate hearing after the court ordered that the case be heard on April 29.

Haris stated that they were preparing for the case’s scheduled hearing on April 29 and that whoever filed the petition against Imran Khan wanted to ‘target’ him.

After hearing arguments, the court reserved the verdict for 10 minutes. Following the resumption of the hearing, the court denied ECP’s request for an immediate hearing.

The hearing will now take place on April 29 as planned.

The decision of the ECP

The ECP stated in the written judgment, “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 decision 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.”

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