Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday once again deferred the indictment of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the contempt case.
During the last hearing, the ECP had put off the indictment till Aug 2 after Shoaib Shaheen, representing Imran Khan, requested an adjournment till September.
The PTI chief was not present for today’s hearing, during which Shaheen filed an application seeking exemption from personal appearance on Imran’s behalf.
Shaheen told the ECP that his client had gone to the hospital for a medical check-up. He added that his client was appearing before the courts on a daily basis.
Shaheen then said that the charges against Imran had not yet been proven as he urged the ECP to adjourn the hearing. The lawyer argued that he had not yet been provided the case record.
The hearing was subsequently adjourned till August 22.
The ECP had initiated contempt proceedings against the PTI chief, party leader Asad Umar and former information minister Chaudhry last year for allegedly using “intemperate” language against the chief election commissioner and the electoral watchdog.