LAHORE: The Lahore High Court’s (LHC) hearing over a writ petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan challenging an order of the Election Commission of Pakistan related to an appeal for a vote recount in the NA-122 constituency of the Punjab capital, was adjourned until May 12, DawnNews reported.
The hearing-led by LHC’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial began with a delay after the PTI chief’s appearance was marred by a scuffle between party activists and security personnel deputed at the court premises.
By the time the hearing resumed Imran Khan had already left the courts and returned to his residence.
During the hearing, Justice Bandial said that the courts respected all politicians but at the same time respecting the courts was also mandatory for all politicians.
He further said that the difference between a court premises and a rally point should be distinguished.
When counsel for Imran Khan, Ahmad Awais, offered a verbal apology over the incident, Justice Bandial refused to accept it and sough a written explanation over the incident and adjourned the hearing until May 12.
Imran Khan had lost Lahore’s NA-122 to Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz’s (PML-Ns’) Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who is the incumbent Speaker of the National Assembly.