Ishaq Dar asks ECP to initiate contempt case against PM Imran Khan

By: News Desk      Published: 12:50 PM, 5 Mar, 2021
Ishaq Dar asks ECP to initiate contempt case against PM Imran Khan
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PML-N leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar has urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to initiate contempt proceedings against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In a tweet uploaded on Friday, Ishaq Dar said “There was no complaint when Imran Niazi kept hiding behind the ECP in foreign funding case for six years.”

He said there was no complaint when they got elected Senate chairman with 20 extra votes in ECP’s presence.

Now, Ishaq Dar said, they were raising hue and cry against the ECP after Dr Hafeez Shaikh was defeated in the Senate election.

The former finance minister said the ECP should under Section 10 of Election Act 2017 launch contempt of court proceedings.

During his televised address to the nation on Thursday night, Prime Minister Imran Khan had questioned the transparency of the Senate elections, saying that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) failed to conduct fair elections.

Imran Khan said the ECP did not take measures to ensure transparent polling and held it responsible for the illegal practice of buying and selling of votes as it did not introduce traceable ballots.

“The Election Commission has damaged the democracy by holding Senate elections through secret ballot,” the Prime Minister said. “Why the ECP told the top court that the Senate elections should be held through the secret ballot?” the prime minister questioned.

The ECP, he said, could have employed the latest technology in order to know who the turncoats in the Senate elections were.

Taking strong exception to the prime minister’s allegations, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned a high-level internal meeting today to review the speech of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who levelled serious allegations against the electoral body during the Senate polls during his address to the nation yesterday.

The meeting was underway and Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja was in the chair.

All members of the election commission were in attendance in today’s meeting. The commission has also acquired the video of the premier's speech.