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LHC stops ECP from taking coercive measures towards Imran Khan

LAHORE: The Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) on Thursday issued notices to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) and different respondents for January 11 on a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan difficult a discover of the Fee on proceedings to take away him from get together chairmanship after his disqualification in Toshakhana reference.

The court docket additionally stopped the electoral watchdog from taking any coercive measures towards Imran Khan within the matter, until the subsequent date of listening to, in addition to searching for help from the lawyer normal of Pakistan.

The only bench comprising Justice Jawad Hassan handed the orders whereas listening to the petition filed by the PTI chairman.

Barrister Ali Zafar represented Imran Khan earlier than the court docket and argued that the ECP issued the impugned discover to Imran Khan on proceedings to take away him from get together chairmanship whereas it didn’t have any powers to carry such proceedings.

Nonetheless, the ECP’s counsel raised an objection and identified {that a} full bench had been shaped on such a matter.

At this stage, the court docket remarked that the petition had nothing to do with the matter and requested when Imran Khan resigned from his seat within the Nationwide Meeting.

Barrister Ali Zafar submitted that Imran Khan resigned from his seat in April 2022. He submitted that the NA speaker despatched a reference to the ECP towards Imran Khan over concealing property, He submitted that the ECP gave a verdict on the reference and disqualified Imran Khan. “We adopted a stance earlier than the ECP that it couldn’t give such a verdict as solely a court docket may achieve this”, he added.

To a court docket question, Barrister Ali Zafar argued that the decision had been challenged earlier than the Islamabad Excessive Court docket and it was nonetheless pending.

The ECP’s counsel argued that the fee simply determined the reference forwarded by the speaker. There’s a provision within the Structure for disqualification of any member and the matter was despatched to the Fee for the aim, he added.

The court docket, after listening to preliminary arguments of the events, issued notices to the respondents for January 11 and stopped the ECP from taking any coercive measures towards Imran Khan within the matter, until the subsequent date of listening to.

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