ECP rejects Imran Khan's petition against contempt proceedings

Frederick Owens
August 11, 2017

Akbar S Babar, the petitioner who had also filed the foreign funding case against the PTI leadership had informed the ECP that the PTI chief had accused the ECP of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission.

The contempt charges would be framed on the next date of hearing set for August 23, 2017.

A five-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan, resumed the hearing and announced the verdict, which was reserved on July 25, on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan's application challenging the jurisdiction of the ECP to hear a contempt petition.

Imran made the allegedly contemptuous statement after the ECP ordered PTI on December 1, 2016 to produce its financial accounts for scrutiny.

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Meanwhile, PTI Leader and MNA Dr Shireen Mazari said that National Assembly (NA) Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi's statements against Imran Khan does not suit him.

The Commission ruled that it is within the ECP's powers to take action on contempt of court. According to news agencies, Babar Awan further said the Constitution of Pakistan entitled the Supreme Court of Pakistan and high courts alone for the contempt proceedings, adding it was imperative for a contempt proceeding that the ECP had the corresponding law.

In light of Thursday's ruling, the tribunal will continue to hear the petition against Khan.

Earlier, the PTI chief had challenged the commission's authority to hear the case.

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