Khan, Asad, Fawad’s indictment deferred

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry could not be indicted in contempt of Election Commission case on Monday.
The four-member commission led by Sindh member Nisar Durrani conducted hearing of the contempt of ECP and chief election commissioner cases. Commission head Durrani, during proceeding, remarked if there were security fears, the four-member panel could issue notification of hearing the cases in jail.
A commission member asked if law permitted them to do so. The law secretary said he would seek opinion of the law ministry in this regard. Upon inquiry of the commission, Fawad Chaudhry’s lawyer said his client was in Adiala Jail on judicial remand.
The member said the ECP was a constitutional body with its own rules, constitution and act. He said no other law was applicable on the election commission. Later, the commission adjourned hearing of the case till Dec 6.
Earlier on Nov 4, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had dismissed in unequivocal terms that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) spokesperson’s media statement was totally baseless and in contrast with the facts, especially regarding the chief election commissioner and the election commission in general.
In a statement, an ECP spokesperson noted that issuance of such statements, while the general election date had been determined through consensus, was an abortive attempt to disrupt the current congenial atmosphere.
He reminded the PTI that the Election Commission did demonstrate exceptional impartiality during by-elections on July 17 and Oct 16, 2022. He said the commission had so far fulfilled its commitment to electoral transparency, through its initiatives and actions. –Agencies