Dr Tahirul Qadri.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri submitted on Thursday a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in accordance with the Constitution, DawnNews reported.

Talking to media persons outside the court's premises Qadri alleged that the existing ECP was formed unconstitutionally and declared it as illegal. He further said that according to Article 213 of the Constitution the names of three nominations from each province should have been suggested but the procedure was not followed.

Qadri further said that he had personally appeared in the Supreme Court to submit the petition and that he would argue the case himself.

The TMQ chief, in the petition submitted, sought for the election commission to be reconstituted according to Article 213 of the Constitution.

Earlier on Wednesday Tehrik-i-Insaaf of Imran Khan had joined hands with Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehrik and called for a powerful Election Commission and an impartial caretaker government to ensure free and fair general elections.

The move was severely criticised by the main opposition party Pakistan Muslim league - Nawaz (PML-N).

The government on Jan 27, had rejected as unconstitutional Dr Qadri’s demands for reconstituting the Election Commission and freezing discretionary and development funds.

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