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ECP Accepts Imran, Sadiq, Khattak and Fazl’s Apologies

Islamabad (August 09, 2018): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday accepted the apologies of PTI Chief, Imran Khan, Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, former KP CM, Pervez Khattak and MMA, leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman for using indecent language during their election campaigns.

“Do not use such language in the future,” a four-member bench of the ECP headed by the chief election commissioner warned the four leaders while accepting their apologies.The ECP also ordered that Khattak’s victory notification, which had been previously withheld, be issued.

Earlier today, the four politicians had tendered their separate apologies to the ECP. However, the bench had reserved its decision in the cases.

Lawyer Kamran Murtaza, who was representing Sadiq, submitted an apology on behalf of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader.  The bench also played a clip of the former NA speaker using derogatory language against the ECP, after which his lawyer issued an apology once again.Lawyer for JUI-F Chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman tendered apology on behalf of his client in the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief skipped the hearing and was represented by his counsel.

Meanwhile, Khattak appeared before the ECP himself and apologised.

Earlier on, the Election Commission of Pakistan heard the case against PTI’s leader Pervez Khattak for using foul language in his speeches. As the hearing went under way, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan observed that the PTI leader used certain objectionable statements in his speeches including derogatory remarks for women.

“Khattak used extremely inappropriate words against women,” the chief election commissioner noted.

During hearing Pervez Khattak submitted an unconditional apology in Election Commission of Pakistan over the use of offensive language during rallies for General Elections 2018.Last month, the electoral body had sent notices to Khattak, ex-speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) president Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman for using indecent language during their election campaigns.

In the hearing on July 21, ECP had linked Khattak’s election result to the case’s verdict. If found guilty, Khattak may not be able to keep his seat in the National Assembly. The PTI leader bagged 82,118 votes to win polls from NA 25 Nowshera.

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KP member maintained that Ayaz Sadiq violated ECP’s code of conduct. “A reply should be submitted in ECP along with affidavit on August 9 that Sadiq did not violate the code of conduct. The speaker should be embarrassed over his words. People go far beyond in delivering passionate speeches. Ayaz Sadiq’s lawyer should present arguments after submission of reply,” directed the ECP.On the other hand, ECP also heard Khattak’s case. Babar Awan did not attended the hearing and was replaced by his associate. ECP directed not to issue notification of success to Khattak if he wins elections. “The notification will be issued after clearance from ECP,” it maintained.Later, the commission linked the case’s verdict to Khattak’s poll results.

ECP also summoned reply from Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman along with affidavit in offensive language case.

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