Fawad tenders apology before ECP; Swati skips hearing
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has tendered his apology before the Election Commission of Pakistan for uttering harsh words against the commission, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
A two-member bench of the Election Commission on Tuesday was hearing a case against Information Minister Fawad and Railways Minister Azam Swati who were issued a show-cause notice for making false allegations against the ECP and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
Fawad appeared before the commission in person but Swati failed to turn up. His lawyer appeared before the commission to argue his case.
Swati’s lawyer told the court that his client could not attend the hearing due to Senate session today. The ECP remarked that it was just an excuse. The commission gave final chance to Swati to submit his reply and adjourned the case till Dec 3.
During the hearing, the commission ordered Ch Fawad to submit his apology in black and white.
The minister while arguing his case said that he appeared before the commission because he did not want to indulge in any kind of rejoinders. He pleaded the commission to close the case. He said he himself was a lawyer and he was also the mouthpiece of the government.
“I did not swear or abuse anyone. I’m also a lawyer. Accept my apology,” Fawad pleaded.
On this, the election commission asked him to submit his written reply before the ECP.
Information Minister Fawad in a press conference along with Railways Minister Swati had accused the chief election commissioner (CEC) of acting as a “mouthpiece for the opposition parties”.
Railways Minister Swati during a Senate committee meeting had also accused the ECP of taking bribes to rig elections, saying: "Such institutions should be set on fire."
The ECP issued notices to the government reps and asked them to provide the body with evidence to substantiate their allegations.
Reporter Usman Khan