Imran Khan, Pakistan former PM out of election race after court upholds rejection of nomination papers

Imran Khan. Photo Courtesy: Imran Khan Instagram page

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IBNS-CMEDIA: Pakistan’s former PM Imran Khan is out of the election race after the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday turned down his party’s appeal against the rejection of nomination papers for the February 8 general polls.

The high court upheld the decisions of the returning officer (RO) and appellate tribunal given against acceptance of the disqualified former premier’s nomination papers from NA-122 and NA-89 constituencies, reported Geo News.

The plea was heard by a three-member bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi.

In his plea, Khan stated that his nomination papers were rejected by the RO and appellate tribunal in contrast with the facts, therefore, he should be granted permission to contest forthcoming polls, the news channel reported.

After hearing the arguments of both sides, the court upheld the previous decision.

Khan, who was ousted from power in 2022, had filed his nomination papers from Lahore’s NA-122 and Mianwali’s NA-89 constituencies.