Islamabad (Staff Report): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition MPA Ziaullah Afridi , seeking the law maker’s disqualification over joining Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

A five-member bench of the ECP, headed by the chief election commissioner had earlier noted that Afridi had become a member of the KP Assembly on the PTI's ticket. However, in today's hearing, the reference was rejected in a split of 3/2 verdict.

Imran Khan had filed a reference last year September, seeking Afridi 's disqualification from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on the grounds that the former minister would be joining the PPP.

In August 2017, Afridi had levelled allegations of corruption against KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and KP finance minister Muzafar Said and announced that he would soon stage a sit-in outside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) offices in the provincial capital to force the anti-corruption body into acting against the two.

Afridi had also criticised PTI’s chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq for not taking action against the CM and finance minister over the illegal appointment of the Bank of Khyber’s managing director.