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Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has said former premier Imran Khan does not face legal obstacles to contest the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 2024.

“There is no legal restriction on him or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that is keeping them away from the political or election process,” the interim prime minister said this in an interview with Independent Urdu.

“Until the election schedule is announced or something unforeseen happens which we are not aware of at the time of this conversation, then I can’t say anything.”

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“Until today, Imran is in the position of contesting the polls, and he will contest,” he added.

The elections are scheduled to be held on February 2 next year.

Back in August, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had disqualified the former PTI chairman for five years in relation to the Toshakahana case.

In a notification, the electoral watchdog stated that the PTI chief was disqualified after being found guilty of corrupt practices under Section 167 of the Elections Act, 2017, and his sentencing for three years.

That happened after the ECP, in October 2022, disqualified Imran from his parliamentary membership for filing “false” and “incorrect declaration” in his statement of assets and liabilities for the year 2020-21 filed with the electoral entity.

After his conviction in the Toshakhana reference by a local court, Imran – under the law – cannot contest in the upcoming intra-party elections.

Imran, currently incarcerated in Adiala Jail, is also on trial in the cipher case and has denied all charges against him.

Meanwhile, the ECP announced on Wednesday that it will hold proceedings against Imran and Fawad Chaudhry on December 13 related to contempt of the commission.

The ECP issued its verdict today, saying that the case proceedings will be held at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail and asked the Ministry of Interior to make necessary arrangements.

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Johnny Walker Dec 06, 2023 04:18pm
Only boots can decide on IK/PTI participation in elections, if held.
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Parvez Dec 06, 2023 04:19pm
I wish someone would let him know what's ACTUALLY happening in the country he is Prime Minister ( though only in caretaker capacity ) of.
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KU Dec 06, 2023 04:39pm
No, he is not! Or as free as a common man criticizing government and institutions and getting away with it.
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werwer Dec 06, 2023 06:20pm
Either you are a fool or you think we are fools. I don know which is better. IK is not free to contest anything. The books have put an end to it.
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Usman Dec 06, 2023 11:13pm
Let him be in jail.The nation is at peace.when he was out of jail.he was causing chaos in dialy basis.
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Lubna Dec 06, 2023 11:19pm
Dear Sir, seems like you have no authority and puppet here. Do not you see what is happening in the country? No one is free except PMLN and JUI.
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zh Dec 07, 2023 12:18am
He forgot to add that we will keep Imran Khan in jail; nobody will be able to see him or hear him; his party leaders will arrested and will not be allowed to campaign; PTI's offices will be sealed.
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