Infostani International- In a court hearing, PTI’s Latif Khosa faced criticism from Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa for unproven allegations against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The dispute involves a contempt petition regarding the ECP’s alleged violation of fair play directives. CJP Isa emphasized evidence, criticized interruptions, and cautioned against politicizing the court amid conflicting reports on PTI’s nomination papers.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Warns PTI Lawyer Against Baseless Allegations During Contempt Hearing
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa admonished PTI lawyer Latif Khosa on Monday, urging him to refrain from making allegations against a constitutional body without supporting evidence. The comments came during a court hearing on the PTI’s petition seeking contempt charges against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for allegedly violating its Dec 22 directives to ensure a “level playing field” in the upcoming polls.
Heading the bench alongside Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Musarrat Hilali, CJP Isa addressed the live-streamed hearing on the SC’s website. The PTI claimed that conspiracies were underway to exclude them from the Feb 8 general elections.
The hearing revealed that the ECP submitted data indicating acceptance of 76% of PTI’s nomination papers, contradicting the party’s allegations. The ECP, citing data from returning officers, argued that the PTI failed to provide proof of non-compliance with the court’s Dec 22 order, rendering the contempt petition unmerited.
PTI lawyers Khosa and Shoaib Shaheen, along with the Punjab advocate general, were present during the hearing. The Punjab advocate general reported that the chief secretary had submitted a report concerning the court’s directives.
High-Stakes Court Exchange: CJP Isa Challenges PTI Lawyer’s Claims, Urges Evidence
CJP Isa asked if the PTI lawyers had read the comprehensive report, leading Khosa to argue that it relied on a “total travesty of facts.” Justice Mazhar countered, stating that, according to the report, PTI had filed 1,195 nomination papers. CJP Isa emphasized that if the PTI disagreed, they should have submitted their objections in writing.
Khosa persisted, asserting the implementation of relief granted by the court and claiming that the PTI was denied a fair campaign. CJP Isa cautioned against making baseless allegations, expressing displeasure at the interruption, and urged the PTI lawyer to address the latest reports.
Khosa claimed authorities arrested PTI candidates under public order laws and subjected them to mistreatment, asserting an unfair playing field. CJP Isa challenged Khosa to focus on facts and not resort to drama, questioning whether Khosa himself was a candidate. The chief justice reiterated the court’s commitment to addressing genuine concerns but criticized using the court as a political forum.
CJP Isa emphasized that Section 144 applied to all parties, and candidates if detained, could seek court intervention amid Khosa’s claims. He emphasized the court’s role and urged against making allegations without evidence, clarifying that the court wouldn’t assume the ECP’s duties.