The Supreme Court has fixed for hearing the petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan against the Election Commission and the Islamabad High Court declaring Akbar S. Babar a part of PTI.

A bench comprising Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Mushir Alam, while conducting a preliminary hearing on the petition, issued notice to Akbar S. Babar, a petitioner in the foreign funding case, seeking a reply.

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Imran Khan’s lawyer Anwar Mansoor said that there was no objection to the scrutiny committee of the Election Commission. Before filing the case, Akbar S. Babar had been expelled from PTI.

Anwar Mansoor said that the Election Commission had no authority to declare Akbar S. Babar as a party member while the Islamabad High Court also upheld the decision of the Election Commission.

Lawyer PTI said that it is the prerogative of the civil court to decide who is a member of the party and who is not. The Election Commission is neither a court nor a tribunal. We have an objection to the participation of Akbar S. Babar in the proceedings of the scrutiny committee.

Lawyer Anwar Mansoor said that the scrutiny committee investigating the foreign funding case is doing its job but we have no objection to it but the action of the scrutiny committee should be in camera.

Justice Mushir Alam asked when Akbar S. Babar was expelled from the party. On which Imran Khan’s lawyer said that Akbar S. Babar was expelled from PTI on September 26, 2011.

Counsel appearing for Akbar S. Babar said that the notice of expulsion from the party was not presented in any forum.

Justice Yahya Afridi said that he was notifying you to submit a written reply. Later, the court adjourned the hearing indefinitely.

It may be recalled that the petition filed by Imran Khan as Chairman PTI in the Supreme Court had raised questions on various aspects of the foreign funding case in which the Islamabad High Court had declared Akbar S. Babar a part of PTI. Including the decision.

The petition stated that “Akbar S. Babar has no connection with the PTI since 2011. He sent an e-mail to leave the PTI, which is on record.”

It further said that the High Court could not rule on controversial facts using the power of Article 199.

The petition contended that Akbar S. Babar was not an aggrieved party and therefore the Election Commission had no jurisdiction to hear the case. The petition also sought the annulment of Akbar S. Babar’s PTI membership decision.

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