Former CM Pervaiz Khattak faces a big setback

Former CM Pervaiz Khattak faces a big setback

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday associated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Pervez Khattak’s election result with the verdict of a case against him for using foul language in public speeches, as the polls watchdog rejected the replies filed by three political leaders, including Khattak.

The ECP directed the authorities concerned to not issue notifications of success to Khattak if he won the election, and rejected his reply along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq’s response.

“The notification will be issued after clearance from ECP,” the commission maintained.

A four-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) was hearing the cases.

Babar Awan represented Pervez Khattak at the hearing as his legal counsel. The chief election commissioner instructed Khattak to submit a sworn affidavit to ensure he does not use using foul language in the future. The ECP said that “the election results are contingent on the decision of this hearing”.

Speaking with Ayaz Sadiq’s counsel, the chief election commissioner remarked that “you should be ashamed at your client’s words,” asked why Sadiq had used such language as he was the former speaker of the National Assembly.

Sadiq’s counsel assured the electoral body bench that the code of conduct will be followed in the future.

Fazlur Rehman’s counsel, Kamran Murtuza, could not appear before the bench and his assistant informed the commission that Kamran received the notice late, hence could not appear in time for the hearing.