IHC rejects PM Imran’s plea to bar ECP from taking action against him

IHC rejects PM Imran’s plea to bar ECP from taking action against him

IHC rejects PM Imran’s plea to bar ECP from taking action against him

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Friday rejected Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plea seeking a court order to bar the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from taking action against him.

During the hearing, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s lawyer requested IHC to bar the ECP from acting against his client until the next hearing.

Justice Aamer Farooq remarked that the court could not grant ‘stay’ in the case.

“Seeing PM Imran’s conduct, the IHC cannot give such an order to the election commission,” he said, and added that the premier ought to have appeared in the ECP.

“Why don’t you appear in the ECP and raise the issue there?” Justice Farooq further remarked.

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Barrister Ali Zafar replied that the election commission had already given an order against the ordinance under review.

Justice Farooq said that the government had started relying on ordinances for legislation which was very unfortunate.

The constitution granted the ECP the power to hold free, fair, and transparent elections.

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“Can the government strip the election commission of this power, guaranteed to it under the constitution, through an ordinance,” he questioned.

The IHC later adjourned the hearing till March 28.

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