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ECP dismissed PTI reference against Ayesha Gulalai

25 October, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan’s reference against Ayesha Gulalai for de-seating her from the National Assembly.

In a split decision, three out of five members of the ECP bench favoured the PTI dissident lawmaker while two opposed her. Gulalai will continue to serve as member of the Lower House, the bench continued.

Talking to media after the verdict, Ayesha Gulalai said, “I had stated earlier that I will accept the ECP verdict.” She said Imran Khan is spreading anarchy in the country, adding that he threatens courts when verdict comes against him. She also accused PTI chief of having links with Taliban. Earlier, Imran Khan’s lawyer Sikandar Mehmand told ECP that Ayesha Gulalai participated in election for the prime minister against the party policy, therefore she should be de-seated. He said that Gulalai was not elected to her seat but was selected on a special seat by Imran Khan.

He continued that Gulalai attended party meeting on July 29 wherein Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid was nominated by the PTI for PM’s slot following disqualification of Nawaz Sharif. In the meeting, Imran directed every member to support Sheikh Rashid in the election but she didn’t. He said that Gulalai resigned from party membership and participated in PM’s election against the party policy after which she was issued a show-cause notice. Expressing displeasure over ECP for dismissing party’s plea to de-seat Gulalai, PTI Chairman Imran Khan termed the decision as ‘unconstitutional’. He said it was PTI’s rightful demand as well as the constitutional requirement to evict her from the NA as she did not abide by the party rules.

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