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ECP issues notices on reference for disqualification of Gulalai

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued notices to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its estranged leader Ayesha Gulalai on a reference seeking her disqualification for levelling harassment allegations against the party chairman.

The ECP has issued notices to them for Sept 07.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had filed a reference with Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the disqualification of Gulalai, who accused the party chief Imran Khan of harassment.

Subsequently, he referred the reference to the ECP to decide it in accordance with law.

The PTI chairman has written to the speaker to disqualify Gulalai from her the membership of the National Assembly. The decision to expel Gulalai was taken by the PTI leadership with the intervention of Imran Khan.

She will be disqualified under Article 63-A of the Constitution. The party said it is not liable for her actions after she violated party discipline and announced to quit the party but did not renounce her parliament seat.

Gulalai shot to prominence after she announced to left the party in spectacular fashion and accused the PTI chief of misogyny and sending her inappropriate text messages. She also alleged that women were not respected in the PTI and she had quit over differences with the party leadership. All charges have been dismissed by the party.

Gulalai was sent a show cause notice after the press conference to explain her actions but she failed to respond. The party sent a final notice to Gulalai, a copy of which was also sent to the ECP and Speaker National Assembly.



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