Pakistan EC issues non-bailable warrant against Imran Khan

ECP has issued orders to the authorities to present Imran Khan before the commission on October 26

Non-bailable arrest warrants have been issued against Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan by the Election Commission of Pakistan upon his failure to appear before the body in a contempt of court case.

The money was later sent to Pakistan through supposedly illegal channels, which the popular politician then allegedly concealed in his annual audit reports submitted to the commission. This warrant has been issued for failing to appear in the court repeatedly and not giving a written justification or apology to the court for not appearing despite various letters.

Imran Khan was summoned by the ECP for the hearing of a case filed on October 26, against the former Pakistan cricket captain, by one PTI's founding members, Akbar S Babar. During the meeting, the ECP made a decision to issue non-bailable warrants for Khan. He further argued that the high court is going to hear a petition on the ECP's powers in connection with contempt of court hearings, DAWN reported.

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Earlier in the day, the ECP had issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Imran in relation to a contempt of court case against him. According to PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haq, the party is also set to challenge the warrants in the IHC.

Earlier on September 15, the ECP had directed the Islamabad Police to arrest Imran Khan and to present him before the commission on September 25 after issuing his arrest warrant a day earlier, which were later suspended by the IHC on the PTI's petition.

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

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