Imran Khan: Imran Khan Is ‘Unfit’ For Pakistan Parliament, Election Commission’s Verdict Is Uproar In Pakistan: On Friday, Pakistan’s election commission (Pakistan’s election commission) declared former prime minister and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan as ‘disqualifying’ (Disqualify) in a unanimous verdict. Imran has been found guilty of corruption. However, the Tehreek-e-Insaf party immediately rejected the verdict and called on its supporters to take to the streets. Faisal Fareed Chaudhry, a member of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s legal team, told the media that they were waiting for the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan before appealing to the Islamabad High Court. They are also planning to raise questions about which section the Election Commission has given this verdict. Faizal said, “We will challenge their action, challenge the order issuing this decision.”
Last August, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) filed a case against Imran. It was alleged that former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken gifts from foreign dignitaries from the country’s state gift deposit (toshakhana), but did not mention them in his wealth declaration submitted to the Election Commission. Meanwhile, after announcing the decision of the Election Commission, Tehreek-e-Insaf Party leader Fawad Chowdhury said that not only Imran Khan, but this decision of the Election Commission is an attack on the constitution of Pakistan and the people of that country.
Imran Khan was ousted from the post of Prime Minister of Pakistan by a no-confidence vote last April. He then accused the commission of bias. He also complained against the head of the Election Commission Sikandar Sultan Raja. He even took to the streets of Pakistan with his supporters demanding that the elections be brought forward.
It should be noted that five years ago, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a landmark judgment, declared the then prime minister and PMLN leader Nawaz Sharif as ‘dishonest’ and removed him, as well as banning him from parliamentary politics for life. After that incident, Imran Khan’s disqualification is the second major recent incident in Pakistani politics.
The Tosakhana controversy started last year. News revealed that Imran and his wife Bushra took gifts from Toshakhana and resold them in the market at a low price. While seeking information on this matter, the Tehreek-e-Insaf had initially clarified that no information about what gift Imran had received would be made public. As Imran was the prime minister at the time, the Tehreek-e-Insaf party argued that information about the gift could disrupt Pakistan’s foreign policy.
Toshakhana was built in 1970. According to the rules, whatever gifts the foreign representatives give to the rulers, legislators, government officials, and state leaders of that country, must be kept in the government treasury. The complaint filed against Imran states that he received 58 boxes of various gifts from foreign dignitaries during his tenure as Prime Minister. Imran took them one by one from the gift box but did not return them. He later admitted that he had sold them.