PHC seeks ECP reply on K-P CM’s plea against notices

Court told K-P CM accused of violating electoral code of conduct by holding rally, using state helicopter


Our Correspondent October 04, 2022

PESHAWAR:

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to respond to the petition filed by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan against the notices issued to him.

A two-member bench consisting of Justice Shakeel Ahmed and Justice Arshad Ali heard the chief minister's petition.

The CM’s lawyer Ali Gohardrani told the court that on September 17, the district managing officer (DMO) of Charsadda issued a notice on holding a public meeting, after which he went to the Charsadda office and asked for time to submit a reply.

However, on the same day, on September 19, the ECP Islamabad also issued a notice on the same issue, he highlighted.

“What was the charge against the CM?” inquired Justice Ali.

The court was told that the chief minister has been accused of violating the code of conduct and holding a rally in the election constituency and using a helicopter.

Justice Ahmed asked who is contesting the election.

The chief minister's lawyer said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is contesting the by-election from Charsadda, but Mehmood Khan is the chief minister of the province.

Justice Ali said that there is time till October 18. He asked if there was any action being taken against the CM.

 

.Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2022.

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