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ECP reinstates petition seeking Imran Khan's disqualification.

ISLAMABAD -- The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday reinstated Hashim Ali Bhutta's petition for the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, and directed PTI chief to submit his reply till May 23.

According to details, a hearing in ECP to restore Hashim Ali Bhutta's petition against Imran Khan was held, and the applicant's counsel took the stance that his client's petition was dismissed for not appearing at the hearing.

The lawyer continued that Hashim Ali Bhutta failed to appear before ECP only on January 16 due to the death of his aunt, and the petition was discharged on the same day. He requested ECP to restore the case.

On the other hand, Imran Khan's lawyer said the reasons are not valid to reinstate the petition, and it should be dismissed.

ECP reserved its decision for a while after listing to the arguments of both sides, and then announced it.

It is pertinent here to mention that earlier in his plea, Hashim Ali Bhutta had said that Imran Khan did not mention his Bani Gala residence and London flats when he declared his assets, therefore, he failed to abide by Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, and should be disqualified.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 10, 2017
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