ECP asks Imran to submit reply in Toshakhana case on Sept 7

The CEC said everything was part of the record and it shouldn’t take so much time to submit the reply

Our Correspondent August 29, 2022
Former prime minister Imran Khan arrives for hearing in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on August 25, 2022, in Islamabad. PHOTO: APP


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday directed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to submit his reply in the Toshakhana case by September 7.

PTI chief’s counsel Barrister Gohar appeared before the ECP earlier today, where Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja heard the case, and pleaded for a week’s time to file Imran's reply in the case.

Gohar contended that the former premier’s lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar is in Lahore and he was unable to consult him regarding the case. He furthered that he will try his best to submit the reply in the next hearing.

Read: PTI request in Toshakhana reference rejected

To this, the CEC replied that everything was part of the record and that it shouldn’t take so much time to submit the reply.

However, the PTI chief was granted more time and the hearing was adjourned until September 7.

The Toshakhana case was brought before the electoral watchdog last year after the Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) accepted an application on the matter and directed the Cabinet Division to provide information about the gifts received by the then-prime minister Imran Khan from foreign dignitaries.

However, the Cabinet Division had challenged the PIC order in the Islamabad High Court, claiming that it was "illegal". The then government took the position that the disclosure of any information related to Toshakhana might jeopardise Pakistan’s international relations.


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