ECP reserves verdict in Khattak, Sadiq, Maulana Fazl foul language case

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ECP reserves verdict in Sadiq, Khattak, Maulana Fazl foul language case

ISLAMABAD: Former National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday tendered their separate apologies to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for using indecent language during their election campaigns.
The commission had issued notices to Sadiq, Khattak and Maulana Fazlur Rehman last month, deploring the “abusive, insolent and derogatory” language used against other leaders that had been aired and published by the electronic and print media, besides doing rounds on social media.
Pointing out that this was a clear violation of the code of conduct issued by it, the ECP had asked the three political leaders to desist from using such language and summoned them to appear before it.
Lawyer Kamran Murtaza, who was representing Sadiq, submitted an apology on behalf of the ex-NA speaker before a four-member ECP bench headed by the chief election commissioner.
A clip was also played of the PML-N leader allegedly using derogatory language against the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
The bench reserved its verdict on the matter; it is expected to be announced today.
Meanwhile, former KP chief minister Khattak appeared before the ECP himself to face the charges. A video clip showing Khattak apologising over his remarks was also played.
The commission reserved its judgement on this matter as well.
Meanwhile, lawyer for Maulana Fazlur Rehman tendered apology on behalf of his client in the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The electoral body had intimated the hearing against the maulana for using inappropriate language.
The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief skipped the hearing and was represented by his counsel.
The ECP has reserved the decision after the lawyer tendered apology on behalf of Fazl.
The judgment would be pronounced shortly.

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