The Sindh and Lahore excessive courts on Tuesday retrained the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) from taking motion towards the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry.
Fawad Chaudhry had moved the Lahore Excessive Courtroom (LHC) Rawalpindi bench towards the electoral watchdog’s contempt of fee discover.
Earlier this month, the ECP had issued contempt notices to PTI leaders Imran Khan, Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Umar for levelling allegations on the electoral physique and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja.
The electoral physique had directed the opposition leaders to look earlier than it in particular person or submit their response via their attorneys on August 31.
As Justice Jawad Hassan heard the case immediately (Tuesday), Fawad’s counsel Advocate Faisal Farid argued that the ECP just isn’t a court docket and due to this fact as per the structure just isn’t protected by the “contempt of court docket provisions”.
Subsequently, the court docket issued a discover looking for a response from the electoral physique on September 7 whereas restraining it from issuing a remaining order on the matter.
ECP contempt case
In the meantime, on Tuesday, the ECP held a listening to on the contempt case towards PTI chief Imran Khan, celebration Common Secretary Asad Umar and senior member Fawad Chaudhry.
Imran’s lawyer Ali Bukhari knowledgeable the fee through the proceedings that he was “uncertain why the discover was served” and requested time to submit a response.
Bukhari mentioned that the order of the fee has additionally been challenged within the Sindh Excessive Courtroom (SHC) whereas the LHC has restrained the ECP from taking a choice. Later, PTI lawyer Faisal Chaudhry knowledgeable the court docket that the SHC had additionally stopped the fee in Asad Umar’s case.
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The previous ruling celebration’s lawyer additionally claimed that that they had “discovered of the discover solely orally” and requested time to submit the ability of legal professional letters. Upon this, the fee adjourned the listening to till September 7.
Whereas issuing notices earlier, the ECP spokesperson had mentioned in a assertion that notices have been issued to the PTI chief Imran Khan for utilizing “insulting and unparliamentary remarks” towards the electoral physique in numerous speeches.
The fee had mentioned it issued notices after reviewing the speeches of the PTI leaders which have been supplied by the Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on the electoral physique’s request.
The ECP had sought clarification from the PTI leaders on allegations hurled towards it.