ISLAMABAD    -   The Election Com­mission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday re­served its verdict over a contempt no­tice issued to Paki­stan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Im­ran Khan, Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Umar for alleged­ly speaking against Chief Election Com­missioner (CEC) 

 Sikandar Sultan Raja. A four-member ECP bench, which heard the case, said it would announce its ver­dict after examining the re­plies of PTI’s counsel. Fais­al Chaudhry, representing the PTI, said they had already challenged the matter before the high court. The ECP sec­retary was not mandated to issue any such notice as ac­cording to the law only the Su­preme Court had the authori­ty to do so. The counsel, in his reply submitted to the bench, said Article 19 of the Consti­tution provided right of free­dom of speech to every citi­zen. He pleaded the bench to withdraw its contempt notice.Speaking to the media out­side the ECP, Faisal Chaudhry said he has argued that the Commission was not a judi­cial platform and could not is­sue contempt notices.ATC ex­tends Imran Khan’s interim bail till Sept 20 An Anti-Ter­rorism Court (ATC) here on Monday extended the inter­im bail of PTI Chairman Im­ran Khan till September 20, in a case of threatening a woman judge during a public rally in the capital. The Pakistan Teh­reek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman appeared before the court of Judge Raja Jawad Abbas. At the outset of hearing, Imran Khan’s counsel Babar Awan informed the court that his client had joined the investi­gations as admitted by the in­vestigating officer (IO) that his (Imran’s) lawyer had sub­mitted a reply. The IO told the court that three notices were sent to Imran Khan to appear in person, but he had not yet joined the investigation. How­ever, he submitted a statement through a lawyer. The judge observed that though the statement was received by the IO, but it was not made part of the record, which proved his (IO’s) dishonesty.