Imran Khan submits reply to ECP in contempt of court case – Pakistan
Imran Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan submitted the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supremo’s reply to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) within the contempt of courtroom case on Monday. The election physique, in its brief order, mentioned that it will overview the reply on September 27 after which give its judgement.
The ECP was listening to a contempt of courtroom petition towards Imran Khan filed by occasion dissident and considered one of PTI’s founding members, Akbar S. Babar. The petition had argued that the PTI chief, in a reply to the fee in one other case concerning occasion funding, used derogatory language which was tantamount to the contempt of courtroom. Subsequently, Khan’s lawyer Saqlain Haider had submitted an unconditional apology.
Nevertheless, the PTI chairman in a TV interview had reportedly mentioned that his counsel tendered an apology in his private capability and that Khan himself had not apologised. On the premise of the interview, the ECP was as soon as once more moved to proceed towards Khan.
In his written reply on Monday, Imran Khan mentioned that his lawyer Saqlain Haider had submitted the apology on his behalf and that the PTI chief had not objected or opposed the apology. He argued that after the submission of the apology, the matter ought to have been settled.
“My counsel appeared as pleader/advocate with full authority to behave on my behalf to set at relaxation the liss/contempt continuing,” reads Khan’s written reply.
Awan additionally submitted the order of Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC), suspending the arrest warrants for Khan issued by the ECP. He additional argued that the IHC goes to listen to a petition on the ECP’s powers in reference to contempt of courtroom hearings.
Earlier within the day, the petitioner filed one other software towards Khan, arguing that the PTI chief lately as soon as once more criticised the ECP so one other contempt of courtroom proceedings ought to be launched towards him. ECP directed Imran Khan to submit a reply to the appliance on September 27.