Former PM Imran Khan faces another big setback
The Islamabad High Court, presided over by Chief Justice Amir Farooq, has released a detailed 13-page decision on the Toshakhana case. In this decision, the court addresses the miscellaneous application filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) seeking to withdraw their appeal against the Election Commission's decision dated October 21, 2022. The court declares this withdrawal application as inadmissible.
As a result of the decision's inadmissibility ruling, the application filed by former PTI chairman Imran Khan has been dismissed. The court highlights that the Election Commission's decision was initially challenged in the Islamabad High Court, where the petitioner received interim relief and underwent several hearings.
Importantly, the petitioner's lawyer had already partially argued the main application before the request to withdraw it was made.
The decision, citing Supreme Court rulings and precedents from various courts, emphasizes that a petition cannot be withdrawn if it appears that the rights of the parties involved might be affected.
Additionally, the decision references a similar application in the Lahore High Court, noting a key difference: in Lahore, the challenge includes a letter from the Election Commission. The admissibility of these applications in the Lahore High Court is yet to be determined.