Pakistan’s EC disqualifies former PM Imran Khan from assembly on charges of ‘concealing assets’

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has disqualified former Prime Minister Imran Khan and ruled that the PTI chairman is no more a member of the National Assembly.

The ruling coalition government lawmakers filed a case in August against Imran Khan, seeking his disqualification for failing to reveal the proceeds from the sale of gifts that he purchased at a discounted price from the state repository, also called Toshakhana.

A four-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja, announced the verdict against Khan at the ECP Secretariat in Islamabad.

After hearing the case, the ECP  declared that Imran Khan is no longer a member of the National Assembly and his seat has been declared vacant. The commission has also decided to take legal action against the former Pakistan prime minister.

According to Khan’s statement to ECP, the gifts that he had procured from the state treasury after paying Rs 21.56 million fetched about Rs 58 million. The gifts included a Graff wristwatch, a pair of cufflinks, an expensive pen, a ring and four Rolex watches.

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