LAHORE: Until his appeal from Islamabad High Court is withdrawn, Lahore High Court (LHC) has postponed hearing Imran Khan’s case against the ECP’s actions to remove him as party chairman after his disqualification in the Toshakhana matter (IHC).
PTI chairman’s appeal was heard by a five-member LHC bench led by Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan.
Imran said in his petition that ECP was acting outside of its authority by attempting to depose him as party chairman. It further stated that the warning had been “illegally” issued by the election supervisor.
He asked LHC to place a hold on ECP’s notification and prevent the poll supervising body from acting further till the final decision.
On Monday, Justice Hassan questioned whether any pleas had been sent to IHC and whether orders had been contested there. Imran’s legal representative, Barrister Ali Zafar, claimed that they had contested ECP’s ruling.
The bench asked, “You mean you disputed an order on two forums.” Mianwali is Imran Khan’s electoral district, hence Lahore High Court has jurisdiction over it, it was said.
PTI chief’s legal representative insisted that they will drop IHC case.
The bench questioned how Imran Khan’s appeal could be submitted to IHC.
Technically, it couldn’t be lodged there, Zafar retorted. The bench said that it might be filed before the Lahore High Court both legally and constitutionally. The bench noted that we must first await IHC’s ruling.
The case’s hearing was later postponed by the court for an indeterminate amount of time.