Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

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 PakistanTehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the contempt of court case against him for "repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology to the ECP for his absence in court".

Naeemul Haq, PTI spokesperson, said the party would challenge the warrants in Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Last month, the cricketer-turned-politician had submitted a reply with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a contempt of court.

The petition accuses the PTI leader of not declaring his assets to Election Commission of Pakistan. The warrants have been issued for the said date to ensure presence of the PTI chairman before the ECP on the next hearing. During the meeting, the ECP chose to issue non-bailable warrants for Khan.

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On Thursday, Advocate Shahid Gondil told the court that the case, pertaining to the ECP's jurisdiction to hear the plea, was pending in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The ECP was hearing a contempt case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief filed by a party dissident and founding member, Akbar S Babar.

Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that in contempt of court case, the issuance of nonbailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan is infringement and transgression of the law.

The ECP further accused him of underestimating the authority of the commission and "bringing it into disrepute and disrespect and to interfere with, obstruct, interrupt and prejudice the process of law and the due course of proceedings, and scandalising the commission".

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