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ECP reserves verdict on Imran’s contempt of court case

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday reserved its verdict on contempt of court case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that Imran Khan’s reply to the case has been submitted to the ECP court. Chaudhry argued that the contempt of court case is based on a misunderstanding.

Upon which, the Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza asked Fawad to look at the reply he has submitted. “Imran Khan has withdrawn the review request but has still not apologised,” Justice (retd) Raza pointed out.

Fawad Chaudhry replied that the person who drafted the reply did mean to apologise.

“We have recognised all those who have apologised to us,” said Justice (retd) Raza,

However, he remarked that it is possible that the lawyer did not read the court’s notice properly.

“You are giving the lawyer a benefit of the doubt but not to Imran Khan,” said Fawad Chaudhry.

A former leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Akbar S Babar, filed a contempt of court case against the party chief Imran Khan following which the ECP issued a notice to Imran.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenged on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan’s jurisdiction in party’s illegal funding case.

On PTI’s behalf, Barrister Anwar Mansoor submitted the petition to the Islamabad High Court. ECP and Akbar S Babar have been named as respondents in the petition.

The petition states that hearing the party funding case does not fall within the jurisdiction of the ECP. It also requested that ECP’s May 8 verdict be suspended. INP

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