ECP gives Azam Swati a fortnight to respond to show-cause notice

By: News Desk      Published: 12:24 PM, 26 Oct, 2021
ECP gives Azam Swati a fortnight to respond to show-cause notice
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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday gave a deadline of 15 days to Federal Minister for Railways Azam Swati to submit his reply to the show-cause notice issued to him in connection with the allegations he had levelled against the ECP, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A two-member bench, headed by Member ECP Nisar Durrani, heard the case.

Assistant Counsel for Swati, on the occasion, prayed to the commission that since Barrister Ali Zafar was away from Islamabad, therefore the federal minister be given one month time to submit his reply. 

Differing from his argument, the ECP said that one-month period was too much. “Ask your client to reply to the show-cause notice within 15 days,” ordered ECP member Durrani.  

The commission then adjourned hearing of the case until November 11. 

Later, talking to the media outside the ECP building, Swati said that today his appearance before the commission had further enhanced the latter’s prestige. “I thank Allah (The Almighty) that I was summoned not in a corruption case,” he added.

The Election Commission of Pakistan had, on October 21, issued a show-cause notice to Federal Minister for Railways Azam Swati for not appearing before the commission to explain his position vis-a-vis his allegations against the ECP and its chief.

The commission directed Mr Swati to appear personally before it on Oct 26.

Last month, the railways minister had levelled serious corruption charges on the Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja during a press talk along with Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan.

Reporter Zeeshan Bhatti