Application filed to expedite hearing of plea challenging Imran’s election as PM


LAHORE: An application has been submitted to the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking to expedite the hearing of a case against Imran Khan’s election as prime minister of the country.

The application seeking to annul PM’s election contended under Article 91(4) of the constitution, each member of the National Assembly has to cast his/her vote to person(s) nominated for the election of prime minister. However, at least 69 members of the National Assembly belonging to the opposition benches abstained from voting and failed to participate in the formation of the federal government.

The petition was accepted by the LHC on September 4 after the petitioner Sheikh Zahid Mahmood filed it through senior lawyer AK Dogar.

According to the application, 69 members of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), were present in the assembly but abstained from voting, and that by doing so, they had failed to perform their duty of participating in the establishment of the federal government being the chosen representatives of the people.

Therefore, the court was urged to declare that Imran Khan had been elected as prime minister unconstitutionally.

The PPP and JI have been made a party in the petition in addition to the federal law ministry and PM Imran Khan. After accepting the petition, the court had set November 1 as the date of the first hearing of the case.