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ECP Adjourns Hearing of PTI Reference Against Gulalai

Islamabad (Sep 7, 2017): Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday adjourned hearing of a reference filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for disqualification of its MNA Ayesha Gulalai.

A five-member  ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan heard the reference.

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Gulalai appeared before the commission. She submitted that she had received ECP notice on the night to August 31, 2017. She added that she had received a show cause notice from PTI. Advocate Faisal Chaudhry appeared on behalf of PTI.  He added that there was no need any further action on the show cause notice.

Gulalai pleaded the commission to give her time to engage a lawyer.

The ECP while directing her to file a written response in the next hearing adjourned further hearing of the case till September 19.

Talking to media after the hearing, Gulalai said that she had not left the party and will continue to remain part of it, as PTI is not a personal property of Imran Khan.

She said that Imran Niazi did not have any right to expel anyone from the party.

She urged the people to not attend PTI’s political gathering scheduled in NA-120. “People should not go to jalsas of a characterless man. Imran Niazi’s politics of deceit will not continue” she said. Taking more jibe at the party chairman, she added that Imran Khan did not even visit the ailing dengue patients as he fears that he may get infected with the virus.

Gulalai said that the PTI had become hostage to the feudal and rich, and there was no respect for poor and young workers within the party.

“Middle class workers cannot even come on stage at the PTI Jalsas,” she said.

Earlier, Imran Khan sent a notice to Gulalai stating that she has defected from the party in terms of Article 63 A (1) of the Constitution.

“In furtherance thereof and in compliance with the requirements of Article 63 A (2) of the Constitution, this declaration is being forwarded to you as well as the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chief Election Commissioner for further action in accordance with the Constitution,” states the notice.

Gulalai, a member of the National Assembly from the PTI, had leveled allegations of harassment and corruption against PTI chief.

The notice, dated August 28 and sent to Gulalai’s home addresses in Islamabad and Peshawar, states that Gulalai on August 1 publically resigned from the party, did not vote for the party’s designated candidate in the prime minister’s elections on August 1.

“Each of your two aforementioned act(s) and omission(s) fall squarely within and constitute valid and actionable grounds under Articles 63 A (1) (a) and 63 (1) (b) (i) of the Constitution for declaring that you have defected from the PTI in terms of the said provisions of the Constitution.

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