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Contempt Case: Danyal Aziz Submits Reply in ECP

Islamabad (July 24, 2017): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Danyal Aziz on Monday submitted reply in Election Commission of Pakistan in contempt of court case.

A five-member bench of ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan heard the case against Danyal Aziz.

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Aziz in his reply submitted that he had never used any contemptuous word or remark against the Commission.

As Danyal Aziz did not appear before the ECP in person, the hearing of the case was adjourned till July 25, 2017.

The contempt proceeding was initiated over Danyal Aziz’s allegations that the commission has adopted a soft attitude to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) but is meting out discriminatory treatment to his party.

Mr Aziz’s remarks made in May had led to his grilling by the Supreme Court where he explained that he was referring to the ECP and not the apex court.

Later, a contempt petition was filed against him by Mahmood Ahmad Joya, an active member of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, with the ECP, seeking to declare Mr Aziz as a contemnor and punish him under the law. In June, a reply to the contempt notice was rejected by the ECP as unauthentic and, on his plea that he had plans to travel abroad, the case had been adjourned till July 17.

Meanwhile, the ECP also heard a case relating ECP’s code of conduct violation by PTI Chief Imran Khan in in by-election.

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When the commission was apprised that the matter was pending before Islamabad High Court, it adjourned hearing of the case till September 20, 2017.

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