Non-bail­able war­rant against Im­ran Khan in con­tempt of court case

The Asian Age - - Front Page - SHAFQAT ALI

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) on Thurs­day is­sued non-bail­able war­rants against Pak­istan Tehrik-e-In­saf (PTI) chief Im­ran Khan in con­tempt of court case.

The ECP has re­jected Im­ran Khan’s re­ply that was ear­lier sub­mit­ted and is­sued or­ders to the au­thor­i­ties to present him be­fore the com­mis­sion on October 26 by ar­rest­ing him. The PTI chief has also been di­rected to sub­mit a re­ply in the pe­ti­tion that was filed against him by Ak­bar S. Babar.

PTI leader Babar Awan de­clared the ECP de­ci­sion un­con­sti­tu­tional and said the party will file a pe­ti­tion in Is­lam­abad High Court (IHC) against the ver­dict. He said the de­ci­sion was hastily an­nounced with­out de­ter­min­ing the ju­ris­dic­tions.

He added that ECP was tar­get­ing Im­ran Khan. He said all the par­ties had claimed rig­ging in the 2013 elec­tions but no ac­tion was taken.

Babar Awan also asked the question that why for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif was not dis­qual­i­fied by ECP. “Pak­istan im­me­di­ately needs a fresh man­date,” he main­tained.

Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner (CEC) Sar­dar Raza Khan had made it clear dur­ing the pre­vi­ous hear­ing that ECP would an­nounce its de­ci­sion on October 12 if IHC did not is­sue the ver­dict re­gard­ing the pe­ti­tion against Im­ran Khan in the Is­lam­abad High Court on the same is­sue.

Mean­while on Thurs­day, Fed­eral Min­is­ter leader Daniyal Aziz said that they will present Im­ran Khan in the ECP af­ter ar­rest­ing him. Speak­ing to re­porters here, Mr Aziz said that Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi had pledged that they will ar­rest Mr Khan if ECP is­sues his ar­rest war­rants.

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