ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday acquitted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, former speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Jamaat-e-Ulema Islamia-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman and former chief minister Pervez Khattak in the case of abusive language lodged against them.
All four politicians had tendered apologies to the election body for violating code of conduct issued by the ECP. Earlier, the four-member bench, headed by the chief election commissioner, had reserved verdicts in two cases of unbecoming language against Sadiq and Khattak.
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The ECP, while accepting their replies, also directed all four politicians to hinder their use of such language and warned that repetition will not be forgiven.
Rehman's counsel also appeared to submit the apology.
Sadiq's counsel Kamran Murtaza, who appeared on behalf of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) heavyweight, tendered an apology before the bench hearing the case. Footage of the former NA speaker was played during the hearing.
Khattak also apologised. A video clip of him employing foul language was also played during the hearing.
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Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza on Thursday directed Imran's counsel Babar Awan to immediately reply on the putative prime minister having cast his vote in full public glare.
The Election Commission of Pakistan had earlier taken notice of the July 25 happening. The top poll body then summoned Imran to appear before a four-member bench on this account.
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Appearing on behalf of the PTI chief, counsel Babar Awan said a written reply will be submitted today. "The divider (at the booth) was removed due to rush," Awan told the court. " When Imran asked staff for instructions, he was told how to cast his vote." The bench then directed the Awan to file a reply immediately.
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