Pakistan Election Commission issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan

Non-Bailable warrant issued against PTI chief Imran Khan

Pakistan Election Commission issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Daniyal Aziz on Thursday stated that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will be presented before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The court has ordered for Imran Khan to be arrested and brought in front of the court at the next hearing of the case, which is on 26th October.

"We have made a decision to challenge the ECP order today because it is illegal and the commission has no jurisdiction to issue any arrest warrants for a political leader", Khan's spokesman Naeemul Haq told Anadolu Agency.

It was reported that the non-bailable warrant was issued against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in contempt of court case.

At the last hearing, on September 27, the ECP had adjourned the case until the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decides on the party's petition regarding the proceedings. PTI had submitted an apology in the defence, however, Imran Khan once again fueled the controversy stating that he had not apologised and the apology letter submitted was in the personal capacity of Babar Awan, the chief counsel of PTI.

The move comes after Khan repeatedly failed to appear before the five-member bench of the electoral commission.

"A new warrant is issued in the same case where a bailable warrant was already suspended". Hearing the case, Justice Aamer Farooq, who headed a three-member larger bench, directed the PTI chief to reply to the ECP's show-cause notice.

During the meeting, the ECP chose to issue non-bailable warrants for Khan.

Pakistan's election commission today sought the arrest of Opposition leader Imran Khan on contempt charges after the cricketer-turned-politician accused it of bias. "We will also look into whether this is contempt of the IHC's full bench or not, and then [the party] we will challenge it", said PTI member and lawyer Babar Awan.

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