ECP sends notices to Jehangir Tareen, Imran Khan; seeks reply on Nov 16

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday (today) asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders Imran Khan and the party’s secretary general Jehangir Tareen asked the two leaders to submit their replies on November 16.

ECP took up references sent by National Assembly speaker to the electoral body against Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen.

A five-member commission presided by Chief Election Commissioner heard disqualification references for the two PTI leaders.

Imran Khan’s legal adviser Hamid Khan represented him at the commission’s secretariat in Islamabad in connection with the reference.

“The ball is in our court and we have to make a decision now,” said the chief election commissioner during the hearing.

PTI’s senior leader, Shah Mehmood Qureshi also appeared before the commission on Wednesday.

The ECP also heard a disqualification reference against Capt. Safdar Mehmood.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that this case was currently being heard in the Supreme Court and the ECP should wait for a decision by the apex court before proceeding with it.

 

In a tit-for-tat response to the opposition’s references against the prime minister, a few Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz members had filed references against Imran and Tareen with the office of the speaker. The speaker rejected references against the premier but forwarded those against the two Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The reference was filed by Muhammad Talal Chaudhry and six other MNAs seeking disqualification of Imran Khan as MNA under Clause (2) of Article 63 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.