ECP reserves verdict in PTI dissident MNAs disqualification case

ECP board outside the Commissions office. — Radio Pakistan
ECP board outside the Commission’s office. — Radio Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday reserved its judgement on a plea by the PTI seeking disqualification of 20 members of the National Assembly.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) reserved its decision which is expected to be announced today around 3pm.

During the hearing, the ECP rejected the request to accept any more records from PTI.

PTI’s lawyer Faisal Chaudhry requested the court to provide a copy of the reserved verdict, saying that he will appeal against it.

He maintained that the dissidents had opposed PTI’s request to provide more records.

“Some things couldn’t be brought on record properly,” Faisal said.

He said that he believes that he is no more needed and that his case has become biased.

While presenting his arguments, Noor Alam Khan’s lawyer Gohar Khan maintained that Noor had stated in response to PTI’s show-cause notice that he has neither left PTI or its parliamentary party.

He said that the party responded to the reply with directives not to vote on the no-confidence motion against then prime minister Imran Khan.

“This proves that the party recognised Noor as its member,” Gohar said.

He went on to say that Noor attended the meeting on April 3 as per the party’s directives to ensure attendance. After this, the party didn’t issue any other directive restricting Noor from attending its meetings.

Gohar contended that his client didn’t join any other political party but media gave an impression that Noor violated the party policy.

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