ECP issues contempt of court notice to Imran

ECP directs Imran Khan to reply to contempt notice

ECP directs Imran Khan to reply to contempt notice

The Commission sought reply from PTI chief by 23rd of this month.

Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan is facing contempt of court proceedings after the Election Commission on Thursday set aside his objections challenging the EC's jurisdiction to initiate such proceedings, a media report said.

While announcing the judgement, CEC rejected PTI's objections regarding its jurisdiction and announced that the ECP had the legal right to hear the contempt case.

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The same was argued before the commission by Imran Khan's lawyer, Advocate Babar Awan. The commission ruled that it is within the ECP's jurisdiction to take action on contempt of court. "If the ECP is equal to a high court, will a full-bench conduct proceedings every day?"

He said it was now time for Imran Khan's accountability, adding that he had already written a letter to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to authorise the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe PTI accounts on media reports that Shaukat Khanum Hospital's donors list was allegedly being used by the PTI to produce fake donors from the United States in an attempt to hide illegal foreign funding.

Babar Awan had asked while arguing the Constitution gives the ECP a different status from that enjoyed by the high courts.

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The five-member commission resumed hearing of the case here, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza. "If a full bench of the EC gives a verdict, where will I file my appeal?"

In January, the EC had issued a contempt notice to Khan over his contentious remarks in a review application filed before the election body. It should be also mentioned here that earlier in a statement Imran Khan had declared the ECP biased in party funding case and accused the ECP's tilt towards the ruling party. Instead his lawyer tendered apology in his personal capacity.

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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