high courts of Sindh and Punjab on Tuesday held back the election commission of Pakistan (ECP) from taking action against senior Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry over alleged contempt of constituency curator.
Two PTI leaders filed a lawsuit in Sindh High Court (SHC) and Lahore High Court (LHC) after ECP sent them contempt notices. with PTI Chairman Imran Khan for leveling the accusations against Chief Commissioner for Elections (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja and summoned them on Wednesday (today)
Chaudhry moved the LHC to Rawalpindi. bench against EDS notification. His plea was heard by Judge Javad Hassan. Chaudhry counsel Lawyer Faisal Farid argued that the ECC is not a court, therefore, according to the Constitution, it is not protected by the “Contempt Criminal Code”. of provisions of the court.”
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Subsequently, the court issued a notice demanding a response from the electoral body on September 7, holding him back from extradition final order on cause. SC order came. on petition filed by PTI General Secretary Asad Umar.
However, during the hearing of contempt case by a four-man bench ECP, led by Sindh member Nisar Durrani, lawyers of PTI executives were ordered to submit certified copy of orders of SHC and LHC.
PTI Lawyers also looking for time for filing responses to ECP notifications. However, sitting on in the bench Balochistan ETUC member Shah Mohammad Jatoi asked if there was any provision in contempt law give time for answers.
PTI lawyer Faisal Chaudhry responded that a fair trial is a legal right. of each person adding that giving time for filing reply was a requirement of transparent court. ESP postponed hearing of until September 7th.