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PTI withdraws its contempt petition against ECP for not providing level playing field

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Claiming that party had been robbed of its election symbol which was a grave injustice with the entire population of the country, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday withdrew its petition seeking contempt proceedings against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for not providing the party a level playing field for upcoming general elections.

The Supreme Court consequently disposed of the petition as withdrawn.

PTI counsel Sardar Latif Khosa said they had no trust in the ECP and elections were not going to be transparent.

A three-member bench of the apex court led by Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprised Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Musarrat Hilali heard the petition.

It may be recalled that during previous hearing on January 3, the Supreme Court had remarked that Election Commission of Pakistan should ensure transparent polls in the country.

The ECP had submitted its reply to the apex court on January 7 wherein the commission had rejected the allegations and requested the court to dismiss the PTI petition imposing a fine on the party.

On January 8, CJP Isa had asked from PTI counsel Latif Khosa if his party wanted nomination papers of all PTI candidates should be approved.
Later, the apex court had adjourned hearing of the contempt petition case against ECP till January 15.