Rigging allegations: SC issues a contempt notice to Imran Khan

Directs PEMRA to produce a record of Imran Khan's press conference before the court.

Zahid Gishkori July 31, 2013
File photo of Imran Khan addressing a conference. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a contempt of court notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for his remarks against the court in his July26 press conference, PTI officials confirmed.

The PTI Chairman has been summoned before a three-member judge bench of the apex court on Friday. The hearing will be presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Imran Khan had criticised the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for failing to address rigging allegations of the general elections.

PTI officials said that if Imran Khan was charged by the apex court then he could face disqualification as a member of the Parliament.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has been directed to produce before the court a record of Imran Khan's press conference.

The Supreme Court also issued a notice to Attorney General of Pakistan to come up with relevant records related to Imran Khan's press conference.

PTI leader Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed said that Imran Khan had not criticised the judiciary but the Returning Officers.