ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking to restrain Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan from taking oath as the new prime minister of the country.
Justice Aamir Farooq of the IHC reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the petitioner about maintainability of his petition. He is likely to announce the ruling shortly.
Petitioner Gulzar Hafiz Ihtesham approached the high court pleading with it to restrain Mr. Khan from taking the oath as prime minister.
Earlier, a two-judge bench of the IHC seized with the hearing of a petition seeking disqualification of the PTI chief was dissolved.
The division bench comprising – Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb – was hearing the petition filed by Abdul Wahab Baloch, secretary general of the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party, seeking disqualification of the likely prime minister under Article 62 of the Constitution over the Sita White case.
The bench dissolved after the petitioner raised objection on its composition and the matter was referred to the IHC chief justice to constitute another bench to take up the case.
The petitioner argued that Mr. Khan didn’t disclose details about his alleged daughter Tyrian from Sita White in his nomination papers for the 2018 general elections.
He, therefore, doesn’t fulfill the requirement of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution and is ineligible to be a member of Parliament.