ECP reserves verdict in contempt case against Imran, other PTI leaders
PTI lawyer raises objection to Nisar Durrani’s inclusion in ECP bench: Fawad Ch says commission not authorized to issue contempt notice
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A four-member bench of the ECP headed by Nisar Durrani conducted the proceedings on Monday.
The commission, however, said that it had specified the violation committed by the PTI leaders.
On this, the ECP member asked him to first submit the PTI leaders’ replies on the notices then the commission would hear him out.
Faisal Ch, however, reminded the commission that the high court had already barred it from issuing the final order in the contempt proceedings.
The ECP member said that they were not issuing the final order.
The lawyer also raised objection to the ECP bench saying that ECP member Nisar Durrani was mentioned in the speech of PTI leaders and ‘a member who somehow relates to the case, cannot sit in the bench’.
During the hearing, the PTI lawyer submitted Fawad Ch and Asad Umar’s replies.
In his reply submitted to the commission, former information minister and PTI leader Fawad Ch said that Article 19 of the Constitution provides right of freedom of speech to every citizen. He contended that the ECP secretary could not issue a contempt notice. He said that the party had already challenged the ECP’s authority to send contempt notice in the higher court.
Fawad pleaded with the commission to withdraw its contempt notice.
Reporter Usman Khan