SC sent notices to Imran khan and other PTI leaders in the ECP contempt case
In response to petitions filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) calling for contempt proceedings, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday sent notices to Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreeek-e-Insaf (PTI), and other party members.
ECP Petition to the supreme court
Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) petitions to look to the top court to lift the stay orders issued by high courts against the electoral watchdog’s contempt notices to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Asad Umar, and Fawad Chaudhry were heard by a three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and including Justice Ayesha Malik and Justice Athar Minallah.
The ECP appealed to the top court in its six petitions to consolidate all of its disobedience proceedings against PTI politicians from various high courts.
Petition against PTI leaders
Imran Khan, the head of the PTI and the former prime minister, as well as other party figures including Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry, were purportedly sent with contempt letters by the commission in the months of August and September, the commission claimed. These notifications, however, were contested in high courts.
The Supreme Court issued letters to PTI officials, including Imran Khan, Asad Umar, and Fawad Chaudhry, at the start of the hearing today. It also set a hearing date for ECP appeals of stay orders imposed by high courts in PTI contempt cases.
The ECP argued in a series of petitions that the high court decisions were invalid and unconstitutional since they prevented the ECP from taking “adverse action” against the PTI leader, thereby suspending Section 10 of the Elections Act, 2017.
An argument in the Petition
The petition said that the PTI chairman has replied to the ECP and acknowledged the institution’s jurisdiction to pursue the contempt proceedings.
On October 21, the Lahore High Court (LHC) denied the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) request to dismiss the election commission’s contempt action against Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry.