ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court today ordered Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar to face Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) proceedings over violation of code of conduct.
The IHC bench headed by Justice Amir Farooq gave the decision today after the prime minister on behalf of his counsel sought the court’s help to suspend a ECP notice served to him for attending rallies ahead of local bodies elections in the KP province despite holding public office.
The Islamabad High Court rejected the plea to suspend the ECP notice. IHC Judge, Justice Amir Farooq said that the petitioner neither has a copy of the code of conduct nor date of next appearance of Imran Khan and Asad Umar before the commission.
While giving his argument, the prime minister’s counsel Syed Ali Zafar quoted new amended ordinance and said that the under the fresh law, the public office holder could attend gatherings ahead of polls.
To this, the judge said that the prime minister should have responded to the notice from the ECP. “This government has become an ordinance factory and is bypassing the Parliamentary procedure,” he said and added that the prime minister should respect the institutions.
The high court while rejecting a plea to issue stay order against the ECP order issued notices to Election Commission, cabinet division, attorney general of Pakistan for the next hearing on March 28.