LHC dismisses Imran Khan’s petition to unseat CM Shehbaz

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan against Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, declaring it non-maintainable.

In his petition, Khan had sought Sharif’s disqualification over alleged violation of his oath as member of the provincial assembly and doing unlawful business.

The court had reserved its ruling over maintainability of the petition that was filed by PTI’s lawyer Babar Awan, who gave his arguments before LHC judge Justice Shahid Kareem.

The petition alleged that Sharif remained involved in his private business despite holding a public office; thus he “violated his oath” that he took when he assumed the office of Punjab Chief Minister.

“Shehbaz Sharif…preferred his personal interest over national interest by abuse of his influence and through his official conduct as well as by misuse of his official decisions,” the petition said. – Samaa

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Story first published: 18th July 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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