ECP reserves verdict in case over PTI’s election symbol – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: A 5-member bench of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), headed by Chief Election Commis­sioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, on Tu­­e­­­sday reserved a judgement on a matter linked with the allocation of ‘bat’ as ballot symbol to PTI.

Setting a brand new priority, the ECP had taken discover of the intra-social gathering elections of PTI in which Barrister Gohar Ali was simply elected because the social gathering’s new chairman.

The polls have been held on December 3, days after the ECP declared as null and void the intra-social gathering polls held in June 2022, giving the PTI 20 days to carry recent elections or be able to turn out to be ineligible for ballot symbol.

During the listening to, counsel for PTI Barrister Ali Zafar regretted that the electoral physique had objected to the social gathering chairman’s signature on Form 65, mentioning that beneath the ECP’s guidelines it’s for the social gathering chairman to signal the doc. He additionally recalled that PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif additionally signed Form 65 of his social gathering’s intra-social gathering polls.

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He stated this was not one thing that might turn out to be a motive to droop or take away ballot symbol of a celebration.

“What rule calls for the intra-social gathering polls to be publicised in such a fashion,” he stated whereas responding to the ECP’s objection that the social gathering didn’t publicise the place, election schedule and the appointment of the CEC.

The PTI’s lawyer additionally questioned why the electoral physique didn’t take discover of intra-social gathering polls held by different political events. “The PML-N solely performed intra-social gathering polls on the nationwide stage and didn’t achieve this on the provincial stage. Did you problem their intra-social gathering elections,” he requested.

Indictment in contempt case deferred

Separately, the fee on Tuesday as soon as once more deferred the indictment of PTI founding chairman Imran Khan and former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry in the contempt of the fee and chief election commissioner case at Adiala Jail.

Appearing earlier than a bench of the ECP, Mr Khan stated he would solely speak by way of his attorneys. Fawad Chaudhry additionally took the identical line. Lawyers of each got here some 45 minutes late and blamed their search on the entry gate for the delay.

The ECP department deferred the indictment and adjourned the proceedings until December 27.

Talking to reporters exterior the jail, Mr Khan’s lawyer Shoaib Shaheen stated Mr Khan’s petition, difficult the jail trial was pending earlier than the Lahore High Court. He claimed that order for the trial was handed with none lawful authority, saying, “that is an open trial case, solely the place of listening to has modified. And, the case may be heard transparently solely in the presence of the media”.

He additionally urged that apart from the media, public, members of the family and attorneys ought to be allowed to attend the indictment proceedings. He complained that Mr Khan’s authorized crew was not allowed to enter the jail right this moment with the entire case file.

He defined that the indictment was deferred as a result of neither the PTI counsel nor the advocate normal might attain in time for the listening to.

Removal of Ahad Cheema ordered

Meanwhile, the ECP has additionally ordered the rapid elimination of Ahad Cheema as adviser to the caretaker prime minister.

“….Ahad Cheema has remained the a part of the earlier political authorities and presently he’s working as Adviser to the Caretaker Prime Minister for Establishment Division, which can affect the holding of free, honest and clear Elections. Therefore, Mr Ahad Cheema is directed to be faraway from the put up of Adviser to the Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan for Establishment Division.”

“Secretary Cabinet Division is directed to concern the notification for his elimination instantly,” an order handed by a 5-member bench of the ECP, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, learn.

The order got here a day after the expiry of deadline set by the ECP for Cheema to submit his assertion of property and liabilities.

Published in Dawn, December twentieth, 2023

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