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ECP disposed off two contempt petitions against Imran Khan

27 October, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday disposed of two contempt petitions against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan after accepting his written apology over accusing the commission of bias.

The PTI chief appeared before the commission on Thursday nearly two weeks after his non-bailable arrest warrants were issued.

During the hearing, PTI counsel Babar Awan argued that the PTI chief had apologised twice for his remarks therefore there was no room left for contempt proceedings against him.

The five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan accepted Imran Khan’s apology. However, the bench directed Babar Awan to submit a written apology signed by Imran Khan in the second contempt petition seeking action against him for critical remarks he made about the ECP on September 20 in Karachi. Imran Khan and his lawyer penned the apology down and presented it to the ECP. However, the bench expressed dissatisfaction over the first version, and Babar Awan had to submit an amended version. “I regret my remarks against the Election Commission,” Awan quoted Khan as saying in the apology.

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