PTI counsel denies use of foul language by Imran

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s legal counsel Babar Awan on Thursday replied to a complaint filed with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and refuted allegations that the party chairman used foul language, Express News reported.

A four-member ECP bench headed by Abdul Ghaffar Soomro conducted the hearing of a complaint alleging use of foul language by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

“Imran called out a party worker from a rival political party by an inappropriate word, what is going in this election campaign?”, ECP’s Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi questioned Awan.

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Awan responded that the word ‘donkey’ is an ordinary term and “even teachers call their students donkey in a classroom setting”. Qureshi replied that such incidents portray a negative image of the country.

During the hearing, Awan also played a video of former speaker Ayaz Sadiq using foul words.

To this, the ECP remarked that “notices to other candidates for using inappropriate language have also been sent”. PTI’s counsel was instructed by the electoral body to submit a written response in a week’s time.

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Awan requested the ECP to postpone the hearing till after the elections as Imran is on the campaign trail in the runup to general elections, agreeing to the counsel’s request, the electoral body postponed the hearing till August 9.

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