The returning officer (RO) on Tuesday reserved verdict on the objections filed against the nomination papers of Imran Khan in NA-53 constituency of Islamabad.
During the hearing, Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan argued that three so-called accusations have been leveled against his client which has no legal value.
“These are not objections but allegations. The third objection was based upon a tweet. We have rejected the objections seven times in our written reply,” he maintained.
Awan went on to say that cyber crime law exists in Pakistan. “The photocopies attached with the plea come in the category of cyber crime. Neither the mother nor the daughter has filed any case in Pakistan,” he said.
Petitioner Abdul Wahab’s lawyer Sheikh Ahsanud din argued that the court was told that the Imran Khan mentioned in the papers is someone else. “We have provided documents which terms Imran Khan as former captain of cricket team. We have not accused anyone personally. Imran is dreaming to become the next prime minister and has scandals all over the world. PTI has maligned every politician,” he criticized.
“Nowadays, anyone can tweet in the name of a renowned personality. The documents presented as evidence are not verified. These are the photocopies of newspaper clips which are known by none. The procedure for importing and exporting documents from abroad is present in the law of evidence,” asserted Awan.
Both the lawyers concluded their arguments following which the verdict was reserved and will be announced shortly.
On the other hand, Imran Khan has decided against appearing before the RO following the objections on his nomination papers for NA-131 constituency of Lahore.
An exemption plea has been submitted in this regard which has adopted stance that Khan is busy in the meetings of parliamentary board and political engagements in Islamabad, therefore; he should be granted exemption from personal appearance.