ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has formally issued a notification disbanding controversial two-member Election Tribunal headed by Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed earlier constituted to probe the irregularities allegedly committed during the party's last internal polls.

The tribunal had become controversial after it had continued issuing notices and pronouncing orders even after Chairman PTI Imran Khan had publicly announced to disband it following the Core Committee meeting held on March 22, 2015

A notification formally issued by Chairman PTI Imran Khan says that it is being formally notified that tribunal constituted on October 12, 2013 is being disbanded with effect from March 22, 2015.

The notification says that after necessary deliberations, the tribunal announced its decision on October 17, 2014.

"Once the decision is announced, the Tribunal ceased to exist as the Tribunal was constituted for a specific purpose. However, even after the Tribunal had become defunct it kept on sending certain recommendations in terms that were imperative. Instead of ignoring these, it was decided on 22-03-2015 to give effect to those that were compatible with the interests of the party," says the notification.

The tribunal had become controversial after it had summoned party chief Imran Khan twice to appear before it despite the fact that Khan had announced to disband it on March 22. The tribunal had asked Khan to explain his position in connection with a 'controversial' decision.

The Chairman PTI had announced to dissolve all party offices following the decision of the tribunal that fresh intra-party elections should be held. But at the same time, the PTI chief had directed that the incumbent office bearers of the party would hold their offices till holding of next fresh elections. The tribunal was of the view that the incumbent office bearers could not hold offices for an interim period after their dissolution.