ISLAMABAD: Following his allegations towards the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP), Federal Minister for Railways and PTI chief Azam Swati on Friday apologised to the fee.
A listening to of the show-cause discover issued towards the minister was carried out by a bench comprising ECP members Nisar Ahmed Durrani and Shah Mohammad Jatoi.
Azam Swati’s lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar appeared earlier than the ECP and submitted an apology letter on behalf of the federal minister.
A fee member requested: “Was he avoiding coming [before the court]?”
Barrister Ali Zafar, in response, knowledgeable the bench that Swati needed to go to Quetta for some essential work,”in any other case he would have come”.
In response to the bench’s inquiry concerning the doc Swati needed to submit, Barrister Zafar learn out the apology letter earlier than the ECP members.
“I [Azam Swati] am a law-abiding particular person, a democratic man. I promote democracy and I’ve fought towards corruption. I respect the Election Fee. My obligation is to strengthen the ECP. I’ve at all times revered the ECP and didn’t attempt to scandalise it. If any such assertion got here from me, I apologise for it.”
After listening to the apology, a member of the ECP acknowledged that the minister ought to have been current for the listening to. “Political statements ought to stay confined to political discussions.”
The ECP adjourned the case until December 22 after listening to arguments from Swati’s counsel and directed the minister to seem in particular person on the subsequent listening to.
In the meantime, the ECP has reserved the decision in an identical case associated to Federal Info Minister Fawad Chauhdry. The minister had earlier apologised to the Election Fee for his slanderous remarks.
Exterior the Election Fee, Barrister Ali Zafar informed Geo Information that the minister has recorded an apology earlier than the court docket.
“Azam Swati will seem on the subsequent listening to,” he stated.
The ECP had served notices to Chaudhry and Swati on September 16, looking for explanations inside every week from each the ministers for accusations towards CEC Sikander Sultan Raja and the fee.
Swati had lashed out on the ECP, accusing it of taking cash from corporations that make digital voting machines throughout a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on September 10.