Ziaullah Afridi appears before ECP in disqualification case


Islamabad, Oct. 9 (TNS):  Ziaullah Afridi, ex-PTI leader, on Monday appeared before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for a hearing pertaining to a reference filed against him by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

In the reference, filed on Sept 27, the PTI chief has sought Afridi’s disqualification from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on the grounds that the former minister had confirmed last month that he would be joining the PPP.

A five-member bench of the ECP, headed by the chief election commissioner, noted that Afridi had become a member of the KP Assembly on the PTI’s ticket.

The ECP told Afridi that the reference says he has joined the PPP and asked him to file a written response by October 23.

The former minister asked the bench to allow him more time to submit his response as his father is undergoing treatment. In reply, the bench said that a decision on the reference has to be made within 30 days.

Nobody from PTI was present at the ECP during Monday’s hearing.