Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of references against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others till September 28.
A five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza Khan took up references for hearing against politicians who allegedly concealed their assets and their holdings in offshore companies.
Former Attorney General (AG) Suleman Butt appeared on behalf of PM Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar before the ECP.
He sought some time for filing their response to allegations levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan People’s Party, Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Awami Muslim League Pakistan.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawyer, Hamid Khan argued before the Commission that the forum was empowered to take up the petitions pertaining to disqualifications.
Shah Nawaz Dhallon also filed a petition seeking de-seating of Imran Khan for concealing assets and setting up of offshore companies.
In his argument, he alleged that Imran Khan established an offshore company in the name of Niazi Services but he did not declare it in his nomination papers.
ECP has summoned PTI chief Imran Khan on September 22 and 28 after the Commission accepted references requesting his disqualification on suspicion of hiding and making false claims about his assets.
Following a notice sent by the Election Commission, the PTI chief would now report to the Commission on 28th. Meanwhile, a new reference by Bilal Mustafa was filed against PTI leader Jahangir Tareen after which he too was summoned by the Election Commission to appear on September 28.
Bushra Gohar from ANP appeared against PTI Senator Liaquat Tarakai arguing that an action be initiated against the seconder and proposer of Liaquat Tarakai for proposing the name of Tarakai despite his offshore companies.
Later, talking to media men, the counsel for Sheikh Rashid said the ECP had pursued a traditional method. The ECP received eight references on Monday for disqualification of the Prime Minister, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan and PTI leaders Jehangir Tareen and Mahmood Khan Achakzai. -Business Recorder