The Supreme Court of Pakistan allowed the Election Commission of Pakistan to go ahead with the contempt proceedings against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Party leaders.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ayesha A Malik and Justice Athar Minallah heard the ECP s petition seeking the transfer and consolidation of cases filed by the PTI with different high courts challenging its contempt notices.
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During today’s proceedings, the Supreme Court asked ECP to continue contempt proceedings against PTI chief Imran Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, and Asad Umar.
Supreme Court Three member bench said that “ECP should decide on objections raised by PTI according to law” and further added that “Sindh and Lahore High Courts did not stop ECP from contempt proceedings against Imran and others.”
“The election commission is a constitutional body, how could a stay order be given on its proceedings,” SC questioned.
The ECP in its petitions pleaded to the Apex court to lift the stay orders issued by High courts against the ECP contempt notices to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Asad Umar, and Fawad Chaudhry.
The ECP in its six petitions had urged the top court to transfer all its contempt cases against PTI leaders from different high courts to a single one.
The commission argued that it had issued contempt notices to PTI chairman and deposed premier Imran Khan as well as other party leaders including Asad Umar, and Fawad Chaudhry in the months of August and September. However, these notices were challenged in high courts.
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