A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial will hear the case moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi, seeking disqualification of Imran Khan and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for not disclosing their assets and ownership of offshore companies.
Talking to journalists outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Gulalai asserted, “Imran Niazi doesn’t hold any right to expel anyone from the party”. She also appealed to PTI workers not to participate in today’s public meeting in Lahore. “His real face has been unveiled and his politics of hypocrisy can not sustain for long”, she claimed.
Ayesha Gulalai said PTI was owned by its workers, and not by corrupt and immoral Imran Niazi who was surrounded by corrupt landlords ignoring the diehard party workers. Gulalai complained that Imran did not even visit the dengue patients in Peshawar as he feared that he might get infected with the virus. She also said that people should refrain from attending PTI’s political gatherings scheduled in NA-120 because he is a characterless man. “Imran Niazi’s politics of deceit will not continue”, she said.
Ayesha Gulalai has been directed to submit a written response in the next disqualification reference hearing, by the ECP.
Gulalai further stressed that she had no moral reason to leave the party either. However, now she declared not to leave PTI and remain within it. To a question whether she meant to file a petition with IHC, Bhutta said that it was not the case. The ECP had immediately summoned Ms Gulalai to appear before it to explain her position, failing which the matter would be decided in absentia. Her counsel, Bhutta told The News that he signed power of attorney (wakalat-nama) on her behalf at ECP.
“Each of your two aforementioned act (s) and omission (s) fall squarely within and constitute valid and actionable grounds under Articles 63 A (1) (a) and 63 (1) (b) (i) of the Constitution for declaring that you have defected from the PTI in terms of the said provisions of the Constitution”.