The Election Commission of Pakistan issued show-cause notices to Federal Minister for Railways Azam Swati and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry during the hearing of a case relating to allegations they levelled against the commission and the chief election commissioner (CEC).

A two-member bench comprising ECP members Nisar Ahmed Durrani and Shah Mohammad Jatoi heard the allegations against Swati and Chaudhry on Wednesday in Islamabad.

Assistant Advocate Muhammad Zubair said that Swati had appeared before the commission in person yesterday (Tuesday), but that he couldn't make it today because roads were closed. We have also reached the Election Commission [premises] with great difficulty, the lawyer said.

The ECP officials said that this is the second notice given to Swati. The first notice, they said, was heard yesterday.

Swati has been sent two show-cause notices - one with Fawad Chaudhry and the other with Adviser to Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan.

The ECP members said that show-cause notices are being issued to Swati in today's case too. The hearing of the case against Swati was adjourned till November 16.

Meanwhile, no lawyer appeared before the ECP on behalf of Chaudhry.

The ECP officials directed to issue show-cause notices to Chaudhry as well and adjourned the hearing against him till November 16.