The Election Commission is not a court. The power of contempt of court lies only with the High Court, argued the lawyer (file photo).
Islamabad: The Sindh and Lahore High Courts restrained the Election Commission from taking action against Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders Asad Umar and Fawad Chowdhury.
According to Express News, PTI leader Fawad Hussain Chowdhury has challenged the contempt of commission notice on behalf of the Election Commission in the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court. During the hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer, Faisal Farid Advocate, while presenting the arguments in the court, said that according to the constitution, the Election Commission is not a court. Only the High Court has the power of contempt of court.
Justice Jawad Al Hasan issued a notice seeking the Election Commission’s reply on September 7 and restrained the Election Commission from issuing a final order.
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On the other hand, the Election Commission heard the contempt case against Imran Khan, Asad Umar and Fawad Chowdhury, where Imran Khan’s lawyer Ali Bukhari appeared and told the Election Commission that it was not known why the notice was issued. Time should be given to file the affidavit and reply.
Lawyer Ali Bukhari said the commission’s order was challenged in the Sindh High Court and the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court, with the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court restraining the commission from taking a decision. Final decision in Asad Umar’s case and Lahore High Court in Fawad Chowdhury’s case.
PTI’s counsel has requested that we take oral notice of the notice, allowing time to file the power of attorney. The Election Commission has adjourned the hearing of the case against Imran Khan, Fawad Chowdhury and Asad Umar till September 7.
Earlier, extra security was arranged outside the election commission centering on the hearing of the contempt commission case, a huge police force was deployed blocking the road from one side.