ECP dismisses Imran Khan’s petition to disqualify Ziaullah Afridi

ECP dismisses Imran Khan's petition to disqualify Ziaullah Afridi

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s request to disqualify PTI minister and MPA Ziaullah Afridi for joining PPP.
In the reference, filed on September 27 last year, the PTI chief had sought Afridi’s disqualification from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on the grounds that the former minister would be joining the PPP.
In August 2017, Afridi had levelled allegations of corruption against KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and KP finance minister Muzafar Said and announced that he would soon stage a sit-in outside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) offices in the provincial capital to force the anti-corruption body into acting against the two.
Afridi had also criticised PTI’s chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq for not taking action against the CM and finance minister over the illegal appointment of the Bank of Khyber’s managing director.
The former minister said that he had secured ‘solid’ evidence of the corrupt practices of the KP ruling parties and would soon make them public through media.
Afridi had also said that CM had established the KPEC just to victimise his political rivals.
A five-member bench of the ECP, headed by the chief election commissioner had earlier noted that Afridi had become a member of the KP Assembly on the PTI’s ticket. However, in today’s hearing, the reference was rejected in a split of 3/2 verdict.


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