Monday October 24, 2022

IHC Rejects Imran Khan’s Plea to Suspend ECP order Instantly

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected Imran Khan’s request to suspend the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) order instantly in the Toshakhana reference.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case today and at the outset of the hearing, asked about the objections to the petition.

He was informed by Khan’s lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar that one objection was on the biometric verification and the other that a certified copy of the ECP’s decision was not attached to the plea.

On the second point, Zafar told the court that the ECP is yet to issue its detailed verdict, adding that they had only received two pages of the order.

“What is the rush in the case,” asked IHC CJ at this point.

Zafar told the court that his client has to contest elections in the coming days, adding that the ECP has also ordered that the PTI chief be prosecuted for corrupt practices.

“The Election Commission has also directed to send the matter for a trial,” said Zafar.

However, Justice Minallah observed that the commission has only directed that the complaint be sent for trial.

On this, Zafar told the court that disqualification was a “stigma” that may affect the coming elections.

“When there is no judgment then which order should the court suspend?” asked the judge. He also directed the counsel to address the objections raised by the registrar’s office.

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