ISLAMABAD -  The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan's petition seeking disqualification of PTI MPA Ziaullah Afridi for joining Pakistan People’s Party.

In the orders, the ECP declared Ziaullah eligible to hold the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seat.

Imran had filed a reference against Ziaullah on September 27, 2017, arguing that he had contested election on the PTI ticket but has now   joined PPP and thus become ineligible as MPA.

Ziaullah, who was the minister for mineral development in the KP government, was dismissed over charges of corruption in his department.

In August 2017, Afridi had levelled allegations of corruption against KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and KP Finance Minister Muzafar Said and announced that he would soon stage a sit-in outside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) offices in the provincial capital to force the anti-corruption body into acting against the two.

Afridi had also criticised PTI Chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq for not taking action against the CM and finance minister over illegal appointment of the Bank of Khyber’s managing director.

The former minister said that he had secured ‘solid’ evidence of the corrupt practices of the KP ruling parties and would soon make them public through media.

Afridi had also said that Chief Minster had established the KPEC just to victimise his political rivals.

A five-member bench of the ECP, headed by the chief election commissioner had earlier noted that Afridi had become a member of the KP Assembly on the PTI's ticket. However, in the Thursday’s hearing, the reference was rejected in a split of 3/2 verdict.

Meanwhile, the five-member bench of Election Commission of Pakistan dismissed the petition challenging the PTI’s intra-party election.

The PTI submitted records of its intra-party elections, according to which as many as 256,997 votes were polled, of which Insaf Panel secured 189,055 and Ehtesaab Panel received 141,000 votes, whereas 26,255 votes were rejected.

The PTI’s counsel objected on giving the election records to the other party as it would violate the sanctity of the vote, adding providing the records would give access to the phone number of voters.

Yousuf Ali, a former general secretary of the PTI’s Swabi chapter, had filed the petition before the ECP and asked the commission to declare the election null and void on the grounds that the polling process had violated the party’s constitution.