The admissibility of a case asking for Imran Khan’s disqualification “for concealing his alleged daughter Tyrian White’s name in the nomination papers” was up for judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday.
After hearing arguments from the petitioner, the attorney for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and the defense attorney, a bigger bench of the IHC made up of Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Mohsin Akhter Kayani, and Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir reserved the judgment.
The petitioner, Mohammad Sajid, argued that Mr. Khan had only listed his two boys in the nomination forms, not his putative daughter Tyrian White.
Hamid Ali Shah, the petitioner’s solicitor, asserted at the hearing on Thursday that the PTI leader had not responded to the allegations made in the case.
According to the record, the chief justice remarked that Mr. Khan had not confirmed nor rejected the claims made in the petition. He stated that the court was reviewing the petition’s admissibility.
The PTI leader, Hamid Ali Shah, provided the names of his wife, Bushra Bibi, and his boys. He added that since Ms. White is unmarried, she is his dependent under Islamic law. He said that the petition met the requirements for the court to consider it.
The ECP attorney said at one point that the electoral body had rejected identical instances due to a lack of proof. The larger bench reserved judgment after hearing arguments.