Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Imran Khan

Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Imran Khan

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), on Thursday, issued non-bailable arrest warrants for October 26 against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a contempt case.

Talking to media, Aziz apprised that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had categorically stated that the concerned authorities will arrest Khan following ECP orders directing issuance of his arrest warrants.

Earlier on Sept 15, the ECP had ordered Imran Khan to appear before it but later issued bailable arrest warrants after the PTI chief failed to appear.

According to PTI Spokesperson Naeemul Haq, the party is set to challenge the warrants in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). 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.

His counsel then requested the ECP to withdraw a show- cause notice issued on September 24.

"A new warrant is issued in the same case where a bailable warrant was already suspended".

"Therefore the Election Commission of Pakistan has no power to proceed for contempt", he argued, until the provision is amended by an act of parliament.

Akbar Babar, the petitioner who had filed the foreign funding case against the PTI leadership, had informed the ECP that the PTI chief had accused it of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission.

During the meeting, the ECP made a decision to issue non-bailable warrants for Khan.

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