Imran visited Peshawar
despite restricting, legal
action by ECP

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PESHAWAR: Despite issuing a letter by the Election Commission of Pakistan restricting him from visiting Peshawar, Prime Minister Imran Khan toured the provincial capital and addressed the scheduled meeting. Election Commission issued on Wednesday a letter to the  prime minister restricting him from visiting Peshawar ahead of the local bodies election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In a letter penned by the Peshawar regional election commissioner, the PM was told that it had come to the ECPs’s notice through a news report published by Dawn that the premier is expected to visit Peshawar today (Wednesday) to launch the Pakistan Card Initiative.

“[…] your attention is drawn towards instructions contained in ECP’s notification No. F. 16(1)2021-LGE-Kp, dated 4th November, 2021 […] regarding restriction on visiting the area of any local council and announcing any development scheme after issuance of the election schedule,” the letter read.

It referred to the relevant provision of ECP’s Code of Conduct, restricting the president, prime minister, speaker, deputy speaker of any assembly, chairman and deputy chairman of any Senate, federal or provincial ministers, chief ministers, advisers to the prime minister or any holder of a public office from visiting an area where an election is being held.

The ECP officials cautioned PM Khan against a violation of the Code of Conduct and said that the Commission would, otherwise, take legal action against him under the Election Act, 2017.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Public Relations Barrister Mohammad Saif Ali had announced that PM Imran Khan’s visit to Peshawar is scheduled today (Wednesday) for the launch Pakistan Card initiative.

PTI foreign funding case

Meanwhile, The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned an important session on December 9 (Thursday) to review the progress on foreign funding case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), citing sources.

The scrutiny committee had forwarded its report to the higher authorities of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the PTI foreign funding case last week.

Letter of Election Commission sent to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The ECP high-ups will hold consultations regarding the PTI foreign funding case in light of the scrutiny committees report. The scrutiny committee had completed its report in the PTI foreign funding case that was forwarded to the higher authorities of the ECP last week.

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, while informally talking to the journalists, confirmed that the report of the scrutiny committee was received.

The sealed report forwarded by the scrutiny committee is on my table, however, I havent read it as yet. An in-camera session will be held on Thursday to review the report.

The CEC said that the Election Commission of Pakistan officials will review the scrutiny committees report after de-sealing it in the upcoming session to decide on the next strategy.