Election Commission of Pakistan. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) counsel requested on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to adjourn its code of conduct violation hearing against party chairman till the Islamabad High Court’s hearing on the case on November 29.

Imran is accused of violating ECP’s code of conduct in public gatherings at Jhelum and Sahiwal prior to by-elections there.

Shahid Gondal, the PTI chairman’s counsel, while presenting his arguments before the ECP’s five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, said as the case is under hearing at the Islamabad High Court, the ECP should adjourn its hearing.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief election commissioner said that in case of an adjournment, the decision on the case will be delayed. He questioned the PTI counsel that has the IHC issued stay order on the hearing and in case it has, the PTI should provide a copy of the judgment.

Gondal responded by saying that the IHC has stopped ECP from giving its final decision on the case.

The chief election commissioner said that as the IHC has not issued any stay order, the ECP will hear the case on December 4 and will give its judgment on the same date.   

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