Pak court dismisses
case seeking Imran’s
disqualification over
Tyrian Jade ‘parentage’

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Imran Khan in a case that relates to him allegedly concealing in election nomination papers that he was the father of a child with a former partner.

Prime Minister Imran Khan

Imran Khan has always denied he is the father of Tyrian Jade, the daughter of Sita White. “The case, which was filed with reference to Sita White, was heard by a two-member bench comprising IHC’s Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir,” Geo News reported. “Both judges announced the decision to dismiss the petition today.”

The petitioner had contested that the premier should be disqualified under Article 62(i)(f) of the constitution for providing incorrect information in his nomination papers for the 2018 general election. Article 62 of the Pakistani constitution explains the qualifications for members of the Majlis-i-Shoora, or parliament, including that the candidates be ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen,’ or honest and righteous.

After the case was filed in 2018, the IHC constituted a two-member divisional bench headed by former IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. The other member of the bench was Justice Minallah.

In 2019, the IHC threw out a similar petition seeking the disqualification of Imran Khan, terming it non-maintainable as it involved a “personal matter.”

A file picture shows Sita white, Imran Khan and Tyrian Jade

In 1995, Imran Khan married Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of the late billionaire Anglo-French entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith. They had two sons before divorcing. Khan married for a second time in 2014 which ended in divorce and is now married for a third time.

Sita White, the daughter of the late millionaire British industrialist Lord Gordon White, had a relationship with Khan in 1987 and 1988, according to her attorneys. 

The petitioner, Abdul Wahab Baloch, was a candidate of the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party in the last general election. The petitioner had later joined the PTI and filed a miscellaneous petition to withdraw the case in February 2019.

A file picture shows Imran Khan’s two sons Sulaiman Isa Khan, Tyrian Jade and Kasim Khan

In 2018, the IHC had constituted a divisional bench to hear the case related to Imran Khan’s disqualification. The divisional bench comprised two members and was headed by former IHC judge, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. The other member of the bench was Justice Athar Minallah.

Ex-judge Justice Aziz Shaukat Siddiqui had heard the case and issued a notice to Imran Khan, summoning him on August 1. 

Later on, the bench was changed and Justice Mian Gull Hasan Aurangzeb was made a part of this bench. On August 2, 2018, Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Aurangzeb had to hear the case but the bench recused from the hearing after which the bench was dissolved.