Imran challenges ECP jurisdiction in contempt case

PTI Chairman and deposed optimal Imran Khan on Monday submitted his written reply with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a contempt case, challenging the jurisdiction of the electoral watchdog, pronouncing the notice issued to him turned into against the Constitution.

However, terming the reply unsatisfactory, the election manager issued a show-motive word to the PTI leader and summoned him in private potential on September 27.The respond submitted via Barrister Gohar and Faisal Chaudhry Advocate maintained that the PTI chairman had now not insulted the election commission.

Last month, the ECP had issued notices to the PTI leader and celebration leaders Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Umar for levelling allegations towards the fee and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja.

The ECP spokesperson in a announcement had maintained that notice were issued to the PTI chairman for the usage of “insulting and unparliamentary language” towards the electoral frame in numerous speeches.

The fee stated the notices were issued after reviewing speeches of the PTI leaders which become provided through the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) at the electoral body’s request.

The former ideal has again and again accused the ECP and it chief of being biased and demanded of the CEC to step down. He had additionally accused the CEC of siding with the ruling PML-N in opposition to the PTI.On Monday, the PTI chairman challenged the authority and note of the ECP.

The written reply cited that Imran in his statements had expressed his issues over the role of the election manager, announcing the electoral frame did now not have the authority to hear the contempt cases.

It said the notices issued were “no longer according with the regulation”.

“The be aware under reply is vague, cursory and without jurisdiction. It is unclear that the notices beneath reply are issued beneath what regulation and the gist of which also fails to explain particularly the violation of any provision of regulation for which the notices have been issued?”

The reply said that the ECP secretary “beneath the regulation has no authority to behave as fee and trouble notices”.

“It is in addition submitted that neither the Election Commission nor the Secretary thereof can exercise suo moto powers, because the suo moto powers below the law and constitution as lies simplest with the apex courtroom and no executive or quasi-judicial authority is legally empowered to workout the referred powers.”

The PTI chairman, in his respond, said that the legality and veracity of the ECP notices were impugned thru writ petitions earlier than the Lahore High Court (LHC) and the Sindh High Court.The LHC had been asked to represent a larger bench to determine among other questions whether or not the ECP should provoke contempt court cases under segment 10 of the Election Act 2017 and if it become a courtroom or authority. The case is fixed for a listening to on September 15.

Referring to Article 19 of the Constitution, the respond stated that Imran had no longer insulted the ECP.

“That impugned observe is rendered oppressive, consequently unlawful being arbitrary and capricious underneath information and situation of the case.”

The PTI chairman entreated the ECP to quash the notices.

Terming the respond unsatisfactory, the election supervisor issued a show-reason notice to the PTI chief and summoned him in a private potential on September 27.

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