ECP adjourns hearing of reference against PTI’s Aleem Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) adjourned the hearing on Monday till June 20, of reference filed by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan seeking action against him under the law on submitting fake affidavits regarding alleged rigging in NA-122 bye-election.

A four-member bench headed by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (R) Raza Muhamamd Khan during the proceedings observed that further proceedings and decision could not be announced as the matter was subjudice in the court. On 4 May, Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Ayesha A Malik had suspended the proceedings before ECP, against Aleem. The court issued stay order on his petition and sought reply from the ECP.

According to the reference, Aleem had submitted affidavits claiming that around 2000 votes were transferred and 24,000 votes were registered in NA-122 before by-polls without consultation of voters. NA speaker had demanded to take action against Aleem under the provisions of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). According to the rules of ECP if the allegations were proven against the PTI leader then he could face three to five year imprisonment.

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