Pakistan’s Election Commission has disqualified Shah Mahmood Qureshi, an in depth aide of jailed ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan, from contesting elections for 5 years after the previous Foreign Minister was sentenced to 10 years in jail for leaking state secrets and techniques.
The disqualification of Mr. Qureshi, 67, comes 5 days earlier than the February 8 normal elections, which Mr. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf celebration is contesting regardless of a State crackdown and with out its well-known election image, the bat.
The announcement comes days after a particular court docket, established beneath the Official Secrets Act, awarded Qureshi 10 years imprisonment within the high-profile cypher case together with Mr. Khan. Citing the Special Court’s judgement dated January 30, 2024, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) mentioned that any convicted particular person, in accordance with the Constitution, can not take part in elections, The Express Tribune reported.
“As a consequence, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has become disqualified under Article 63(1)(h) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan read with Section 232 of the Elections Act, 2017. Therefore, Mr. Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi is disqualified to contest General Elections-2024 and any subsequent elections for a period of five years,” the ECP said on February 3.
The cipher case pertains to a piece of paper, purported to be a diplomatic cable — the cipher — that Mr. Khan had waved at a public rally on March 27, 2022, and naming the US, had claimed that it was ‘evidence’ of an “international conspiracy” to topple his Government.
The case was filed towards Mr. Khan, 71, and Mr. Qureshi on August 15 final yr by the nation’s Federal Investigation Agency, which accused each of violating the secrecy legal guidelines whereas dealing with the cable despatched by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington in March 2022.
Earlier, Mr. Khan has additionally been barred from politics for 5 years.