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ECP adjourns contempt case hearing against Imran till Oct 12

ECP adjourns contempt case hearing against Imran till Oct 12”

Pakistan's Supreme Court hearing Imran Khan's disqualification case on Tuesday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief's failure to declare his London flat as an asset can have legal consequences, the Pakistan's daily Dawn reported.

The case was heard by the Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza in Islamabad today. After opposing counsel raised no objection, the court adjourned the case till October 11.

The announcement will be made after hearing of a related case in Islamabad High Court on 11th of next month.

Responding to this, the CEC said that a copy of the court order had not yet been received regarding the issue.

Later, the bench adjourned the hearing till October 12.

The Commission also adjourned the hearing of the case regarding PTI's intra-party election till 10th of next month.

He also bashed ousted premier Nawaz Sharif and informed that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman is going to France.

However, petitioner Akbar Babar's counsel objected saying Imran did not apologise to the court despite 13 chances given to him.

In his written reply during last hearing on Monday, Imran Khan said that he had filed an apology through his lawyer Saqlain Haider, adding that he had never opposed the apology. The IHC suspended the bailable arrest warrants for Khan on September 20, and directed the PTI chief to reply to the ECP's show-cause notice.

"Imran has been charged with contempt of ECP under Section 103-A of the Representation of People Act, 1976 for failing to appear before the commission despite a show cause notice", the warrant read.

The ECP had ordered Imran to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 until September 25 and nominate two persons who would ensure payment of the amount and be held responsible otherwise.

Subsequently, the commission had ordered the authorities concerned to arrest and produce Khan by the date.

The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his "scandalous remarks" about the commission.

In response, the CEC remarked that the ECP will announce its decision on October 12 if the high court does not issue its ruling for the petition.



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