Pakistan EC issues non-bailable warrant against Imran Khan

Non-Bailable warrant issued against PTI chief Imran Khan

The election commission on Thursday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for opposition party leader and former cricket star Imran Khan in a contempt of court case - a move that was swiftly rejected by his party.

However, the PTI is challenging the warrants in the Islamabad High Court, the Dawn quoted a PTI spokesperson, as saying. ECP chairman Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan ordered on Thursday that the PTI chairman be arrested and brought to the next hearing of the case on October 26.

The electoral body is hearing a case on alleged illegal foreign funding against Khan that had been filed against him by a party dissident Akbar S. Babar in November 2014. However, the court suspended the warrant following a petition from PTI. Babar Awan, Chief Counsel of PTI told media that the EC has issued a fresh warrant in the same case in which it has already suspended another warrant last month.

They said that the decision to arrest Imran Khan is based on discrimination, adding that the ECP is not a competent authority to issue such warrant and due to its biased attitude it can not hold fair elections either.

While in his previous hearing, the PTI Chief has submitted his reply through his lawyer, "I respect the ECP and believe in the supremacy of institutions". "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".

Khan had initially raised objections over ECP's jurisdiction to initiate contempt proceedings against him.



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