ECP rejects Imran Khan's petition against contempt proceedings

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 12, 2017

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued a show cause notice to the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan in a contempt of court case.

The five-member Election Commission headed by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza resumed hearing of the Case in Islamabad.

The ECP had earlier reserved its verdict on the PTI's petition against the institution's jurisdiction to hear contempt cases.

Representing Imran Khan before the ECP bench during last hearing, former senator Babar Awan argued that only the superior judiciary had the power to take up contempt proceedings.

On July 10, the PTI chief had submitted a reply before the tribunal of the ECP, saying that the commission could not initiate contempt of court proceedings against an individual as that right lies only with the Supreme Court and the High Courts.

The same was argued before the commission by Khan's lawyer Babar Awan.

He said a legal framework needs to be put in place in order for the ECP to take up contempt proceedings, as the 1976 Contempt of Court ceases to exist.

The ECP had issued a contempt notice to Imran Khan in January 2017 over his contentious remarks in a review application filed before the Election Commission.

Founding member of PTI, Akbar S Babar had filed the case against Imran Khan after he accused the ECP of political bias in the foreign funding case.

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

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