LAHORE - Asking PTI Chief Imran Khan whether he had confidence in him (tribunal) before the start of the proceedings on his (Khan) petition alleging that the national assembly constituency NA-122 Lahore was rigged by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N, Election Tribunal member Kazim Ali Malik on Friday adjourned further proceedings till Monday.

  At the start of the hearing, speaker’s counsel Barrister Asjad Saeed argued that the tribunal had to decide maintainability of the Khan’s petition first in light of a judgment passed by the Supreme Court.

The tribunal held first hearing of the Khan’s petition on Friday after the Lahore High Court revoked on Thursday a stay order issued against the proceedings on the plea of the speaker national assembly.

The tribunal-member Kazim Ali Malik observed that before formally resuming the hearing, he wanted to ask Imran Khan whether he had any objection on him. “Any distrust, if showed at later stage, would not be accepted,” he said and added that the petition would be decided expeditiously.

An associate of Khan’s lead counsel Anees Hahsmi appeared before the court and sought time to come up with required instructions.