ISLAMABAD: Senior lawyer Hamid Khan on Tuesday distances himself from representing Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and PTI’s Secretary General Jahangir Tareen in disqualification references pending with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The electoral body took up the disqualification references against Khan and Tareen today sent by the Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq and instead of the senior lawyer, Naeem Bukhari resumed the hearing during which the latter sought time from the commission to study the just handed over case.
On his plea, the ECP adjourned the reference hearing against Imran Khan until December 5.
Speaking to media representatives outside the commission, Bukhari could not avoid his disappointment and said, “I respect Hamid Khan as a senior lawyer, but his decision to leave the case saddens me.”
Bukhari said he would continue to take legal assistance from the senior lawyer in the disqualification references case and denied to comment on the proceedings further.
Meanwhile, Jahangir Tareen submitted his reply at the ECP on Tuesday after which the commission suspended his reference hearing until December 5 as well.
Last week the ECP had asked Khan, Tareen and Talal Chaudhry and Captain Safdar of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to submit their individual responses in today’s hearing.
PTI spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haq had already said that Sadiq’s reference against the Chairman PTI was fallacious, based on lies.