ECP can't initiate contempt proceedings: Umar

PTI leader says show-cause notice 'illegal and constitutional'

APP December 06, 2022
PTI leader Asad Umar. PHOTO: FILE


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar on Monday submitted his reply to the Supreme Court in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) contempt case.

Umar presented the reply in the contempt case against him, Fawad Chaudhry and PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

In his reply, Umar maintained that the show-cause notice issued by the ECP was illegal and unconstitutional.

He stated that Article 204 empowered the higher judiciary with contempt of court and the ECP was not a court.

The commission could not use the power of contempt of court under Article 204, he added.

He further said that Section 10 of the Election Act was inconsistent with the Constitution.

Umar requested the court to declare Section 10 of the Election Act unconstitutional and dismissed the commission's appeal. 


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