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ECP Sets July 11 Indictment Date for PTI Chairman and Others in Contempt Case

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to indict former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Fawad Chaudhry, as well as Asad Umar, in a contempt case related to the electoral body. The ECP had issued notices to Imran Khan and others in August 2022, accusing them of using disrespectful language against Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja and the electoral watchdog.

The PTI leaders had repeatedly criticized the commission and CEC Sikandar Raja, referring to the electoral body as a “subsidiary of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.” Following the PTI’s reservations, a four-member commission led by Sindh member Nisar Durrani announced the reserved verdict.

The Election Commission of Pakistan rejected the PTI’s reservations, noting that the accused did not appear before the electoral body as required. Faisal Chaudhry, representing the PTI, stated that his clients did not receive any notice from the ECP for the scheduled hearing. The ECP has adjourned the further hearing into the contempt case until July 11.

Previously, the Lahore High Court suspended the arrest warrants issued for the former Prime Minister and Fawad Chaudhry in the Election Commission of Pakistan contempt case. The LHC Rawalpindi bench’s verdict called for the ECP to determine the scope of its authority in the case and directed the electoral body to continue its work in accordance with the law.

The indictment of PTI Chairman Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Umar by the Election Commission of Pakistan marks a significant development in the ongoing contempt case. The accusations stem from their alleged use of disrespectful language toward the Chief Election Commissioner and the electoral body. The PTI’s reservations were addressed, but the ECP maintained that the accused failed to appear before the commission.

This legal dispute highlights the delicate relationship between political parties and electoral bodies in Pakistan. It also underscores the importance of maintaining respect and professionalism in political discourse, especially when it comes to institutions responsible for overseeing the democratic process.

As the case progresses, the outcome of the indictment will have implications for the PTI and its leadership. The ECP’s decision to proceed with the charges demonstrates its commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring that individuals are held accountable for their actions.

The ECP’s decision to indict Fawad Chaudhry, Asad Umar, and others in the contempt case reflects the ongoing legal battle between the PTI and the electoral body. The upcoming indictment on July 11 will be a crucial moment in this case, with potential consequences for the accused individuals and the broader political landscape in Pakistan.

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