The Peshawar High Court has taken a significant step in the case regarding the denial of permission for political rallies to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by summoning the Chief Election Commissioner and Chief Secretary. The court issued a written order during the hearing of the contempt of court case related to PTI’s alleged violation of ethical guidelines by organizing public gatherings.
In the order, the court directed Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja to appear personally and provide clarification on whether PTI is adhering to the prescribed code of conduct. The court raised questions about whether PTI’s conduct adheres to ethical standards and, if not, whether it can be restrained from participating in electoral campaigns. Additionally, the Chief Election Commissioner is expected to explain if any actions have been taken against the ruling government for not allowing PTI to hold political rallies.
Furthermore, the court directed the Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to appear in person and clarify whether the funds allocated for the public events are solely intended for PTI. The court seeks an explanation from the Chief Secretary regarding the nature of the funds and whether they are exclusive to PTI’s political activities.
The court’s order emphasizes the need for transparency and accountability in the conduct of political parties, especially during election campaigns. By summoning key officials, the court aims to ensure a fair and just assessment of the situation, focusing on ethical standards and compliance with electoral regulations.
The court has set the date of December 7 for the appearance of all parties involved, including the Chief Election Commissioner, Chief Secretary, and other stakeholders. This move by the Peshawar High Court reflects a commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring a level playing field for all political parties in the electoral process.