The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned reply until September 28 in petitions calling for disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehereek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Jehangir Tareen while son in-law of the PM and Pakistan Muslim League-N leader captain (reted) Safdar has challenged jurisdiction of the ECP.
The hearing was held in the ECP headquarter in Islamabad in chair of Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan while the ECP’s four members are also part of the bench.
The bench heard various petitions pertaining to disqualification of PM, PTI chief Imran Khan and PTI leader Jehangir Tareen.
Former attorney general Salman Butt appeared in the bench as counsel of the premier, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and finance minister Ishaq Dar.
The chief election commissioner asked to the PTI counsel that in Akbar S Baber (former PTI leader )case regarding party funds case the PTI contended that the ECP has no authority to hear that case and in this case the PTI argued that the ECP has authority to hear the case adding that this case has resemblance up to 80% with other petitions. On the ECP remarked, the PTI counsel, Hamid Khan said, the nature of both the cases are different.
The ECP directed the PM counsel Salman Butt’s to submit the reply on September 28 over the counsel request to give more time.
The ECP formally accepting petition regarding disqualification of the PTI chief and sought reply on September 28 also.
Applicant Shahnawaz Dhaloon contended that the PTI chief committing dishonesty by hiding offshore company named Niazi Services.
The PML -N leader captain (retd) Safdar in his written reply raised question over the jurisdiction of the ECP adding that only session judge has power to hear the case instead of the ECP.
The PTI leader Jehangir Tareen’s counsel submitted his power of attorney. While the ECP connected the embezzlement in PTI’s party fund petition to Panama leaks petitions and hearing of all the case adjourned till September 28.