The Islamabad High Court (IHC), once again, issued a stay order to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), barring it from taking action on notices against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly flouting election code of conduct.
The ECP had taken various notices against Khan for addressing public gatherings and campaigning in different constituencies even after the announcement of by-elections in those areas.
According to the commission, Khan flouted its 2015 order that had restrained the president, prime minister, chief ministers, state ministers, governors and advisers, MNAs and MPAs from visiting or giving any subscriptions or donations in the constituencies.
Babar Awan represented Khan in court on Monday and said that politicians who are public office holders are not allowed to participate in election campaigns under Article 260, but Khan is not a public office holder. He is only a representative of the public and thus, he cannot be kept from participating in election campaigns, Awan said.