LAHORE    -   The Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Wednesday suspended the contempt notices is­sued to former prime minister and Pakistan Teh­reek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his party leader Fawad Chaudhry by Election Commis­sion of Pakistan (ECP) and formed a three-mem­ber larger bench to hear the case.

The bench restrained the ECP from passing ad­verse decisions against Imran Khan and Ch Fawad in matters related to contempt.

“This court has already granted interim relief in the aforesaid (identical) writ petition... there­fore, it is directed that the proceedings may con­tinue but no final order shall be passed till the outcome of the writ petition and in the mean­while, no adverse action shall be taken against the Petitioner under the garb of the impugned notices, till the next date of hearing,” said the seven-page written order issued by Justice Hassan. A similar order was passed regarding Fawad’s petition.

“Once, the learned Attorney General appears on the next date, this Court will examine the juris­prudence developed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan in the cases of Muhammad Han­if Abbasi and Dr Raja Aamer Zaman cited above”, the order stated.