ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) Tuesday postponed the indictment of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a contempt case filed towards him until August 2.
Yesterday, the ECP ordered the federal capital police to arrest Khan and predespatched him earlier than the fee within the contempt case, whereby he allegedly used “intemperate” language for the electoral physique and the chief election commissioner (CEC).
The PTI chairman at this time appeared earlier than the election fee, ensuing within the suspension of his arrest warrants.
A four-member bench, headed by Nisar Durrani, heard the case at this time.
A member of the election fee stated that on August 2, the fee would body the cost on the PTI chairman and directed him to seem within the subsequent listening to in particular person.
The ECP initiated the proceedings towards the PTI chairman, Asad Umar and former data minister Fawad Chaudhry final 12 months.
However the three raised the difficulty in varied excessive courts, arguing that Part 10 of the Elections Act 2017 was “unconstitutional”.
Nonetheless, the Supreme Court docket earlier this 12 months had greenlit the ECP’s proceedings, and final month the ECP framed expenses.
When the trio failed to seem earlier than the fee regardless of repeated summons, it issued arrest warrants for Khan and ex-party chief Chaudhary, accepting Umar’s plea to be exempted from the listening to.
Throughout at this time’s listening to, Khan’s authorized counsel Shoaib Shaheen requested that the listening to be adjourned till September.
“We now have just one month of trip, and because you requested for a private look, now we have appeared, Shaheen stated.
Nonetheless, he added now we have not obtained a duplicate of the order.
At this, a bench member responded that directions had been given for the doc. He directed the PTI lawyer to contact the legislation wing.
Shaheen then claimed he wanted extra time to assemble the details of the case since he was a brand new lawyer on the case and didn’t have the whole report but.
“Earlier, there have been different legal professionals on this case; now, I’m the lawyer. That is my first look.”
After this, the listening to was postponed until August 2.