PTI Chairman Gohar Khan on Wednesday stated former prime minister Imran Khan, who’s incarcerated at Adiala Jail, would contest the upcoming normal elections from three constituencies.
On August 5, a trial court docket in Islamabad had convicted Imran in a case filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that concerned concealing particulars of state items and jailed him for three years.
The verdict meant he was disqualified from contesting normal elections for 5 years. However, the identical month the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had suspended Imran’s three-year sentence however he nonetheless stays in jail in different instances.
Earlier this month, the Islamabad High Court had reserved its verdict on Imran’s petition searching for the suspension of his conviction within the Toshakhana items case.
In a media speak exterior Adiala Jail at this time, Gohar — flanked by Barrister Ali Zafar — stated the PTI wished elections to be held on February 8 at any price. He highlighted that his celebration had repeatedly pressured the necessity for a stage enjoying discipline for all political events.
“Today, we have been very upset at what Shah [Mehmood Qureshi] sahib informed us,” he famous, claiming that the PTI vice chairman’s nomination papers had been “snatched” from Qureshi’s secretary.
“Snatching nomination papers from folks on the road would make these elections a disgrace,” he stated.
Barrister Gohar added that Imran could be supplied along with his nomination papers tomorrow, vowing that “Khan sahib will content material these polls, God prepared”.
“Khan sahib has requested all of the celebration staff to file their nomination papers,” the PTI chairman stated, including that the choice to allot celebration tickets would nonetheless be taken by Imran. He additional revealed that the PTI founding member would contest elections from Lahore, Mianwali and Islamabad.
Barrister Gohar stated he too would take part within the upcoming polls from Buner.
Meanwhile, Barrister Zafar stated the IHC was set to launch its verdict on Imran’s petition difficult conviction within the Toshakhana case.
“We hope that the judgment will quickly be introduced as a result of the [election] schedule has been launched,” he acknowledged, hoping that the decision could be within the PTI’s favour.
The lawyer stated all of the PTI staff had been given instructions to file their nomination papers because the nation had entered into the election mode. “As lengthy because the PTI candidates are involved, our staff in jail, who’ve rendered sacrifices for the celebration on this troublesome time, could be allotted tickets on a precedence foundation,” he stated.
“The remainder of the candidates have additionally been finalised and their names can be introduced quickly,” Barrister Zafar acknowledged.
He additionally stated that stopping celebration staff from submitting nomination papers was an “undemocratic train” and would jeopardise free and honest elections. “We request the ECP to take motion on this,” the lawyer added.