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Imran Khan Disqualified by ECP for Five Years Following Toshakhana Verdict

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made a significant decision that reverberates through the political landscape. Former Prime Minister and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has been disqualified for five years by the ECP. This decision comes in the wake of his conviction in the Toshakhana case. The case revolves around allegations of false declarations about his assets to the polls supervisory body.

Imran Khan’s legal troubles escalated when a trial court in Islamabad sentenced him to three years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs100,000. The court found him guilty of making false declarations regarding his assets and omitting to disclose gifts from the state’s gift repository, Toshakhana. This swift trial was initiated based on a criminal complaint from the ECP, which provided well-knitted and corroborated evidence.

                                   Election Commision of Pakistan                                                    

The court’s verdict stated that Imran Khan committed “corrupt practices” by intentionally withholding information about gifts he obtained from Toshakhana. These actions were seen as an attempt to hide benefits accrued from the national exchequer. The verdict highlighted his dishonesty, leading to his disqualification under Article 63(1)(h) of the Constitution and Section 232 of the Elections Act, 2017.

While legal minds have expressed reservations about the trial court’s proceedings, the ECP’s decision stands. Imran Khan’s disqualification marks a significant moment in Pakistan’s political landscape and raises questions about due process and the role of the judiciary.

As the legal battle continues, the nation watches closely, contemplating the implications of this verdict on democracy and the future of political figures in Pakistan.

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