Election Commission Pakistan imposes fine on PM Imran Khan for ‘breaching code of conduct’ in Swat valley
On March 22, Prime Minister Imran Khan and five others were fined Rs50,000 apiece by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for speaking at a public gathering at Swat valley which was in violation of the election code of conduct.
The penalty was given by the Swat district monitoring officer after the prime minister, as well as some federal and provincial officials, spoke at a public gathering in Swat valley on March 16 despite the commission’s warnings, according to Haroon Shinwari, a spokeswoman for the ECP.
Who else was fined:
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, Federal Minister for Communications and the area’s MNA Murad Saeed, and provincial ministers Dr Amjad Ali and Mohibullah will also be facing penalty.
The administration has already filed a Supreme Court challenge to the ECP notification. Meanwhile, the ECP’s Mansehra district monitoring officer issued a notice to Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 22, requesting him not to speak at a public assembly in Mansehra on March 25. In addition to Swat, the prime minister spoke at a public meeting in Malakand, which was also against the rule of conduct.