Verdict on ECP’s powers to be announced on August 10

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday reserved its verdict on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) petition against the institution’s jurisdiction to hear contempt proceedings.

Verdict on the case will be announced on August 10, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan announced.

Only the High Court and Supreme Court can take up proceedings for contempt as per the constitution, Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan had reasoned with the five-member bench during the proceedings.

He further said legal framework needs to be put in place in order for the ECP to take up contempt proceedings, as the 1976 Contempt of Court ceases to exist.

The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his “scandalous remarks” about the commission. The petitioner, who had also filed the foreign funding case against PTI leadership, had informed ECP that the PTI chief had accused the ECP of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission. The petitioner said in a TV interview, Khan said his counsel had apologised in personal capacity and he hadn’t apologised to the commission.

Imran Khan expresses gratitude toward Sharifs for false allegations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan took to Twitter on Tuesday to hit out at the ruling family for what he said were “false accusations” in the disqualification case lodged against him in the Supreme Court.

“I want to thank Sharifs & their lackeys for their false accusations ag me which allowed me to dig out my 40-yr financial records,” Khan tweeted.

“And thereby present myself for accountability before the nation. The same accountability process has exposed Sharif clan’s financial crimes,” he said.

“Of money laundering, tax evasion, assets concealment plus crimes of forgery and perjury. Sharifs stand totally exposed before nation today,” he continued.

The Supreme Court is hearing a disqualification case against Khan and PTI’s Jehangir Tareen for “not declaring their assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan and alleged violations of the lncome Tax Ordinance 1979 and Peoples Act 1974”. The petition, filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi, also terms the PTI a ‘foreign funded party’.

The PTI chief has also previously criticised media reports comparing his ‘failure’ to submit a money trail for his properties to the Sharif family’s case in the apex court.

Attempting to bring the facts in front of the public, Khan has said his former wife, Jemima, provided bank accounts’ details in the apex court showing how the funds from the London flat’s sale came into Pakistan.

The PTI chief has also displayed the documents he submitted to the court, claiming they prove how he earned money as a cricketer and brought it into Pakistan.