Pak­istan EC seeks ar­rest of Im­ran on con­tempt charges

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Pak­istan's elec­tion com­mis­sion on Thurs­day is­sued a non-bail­able ar­rest war­rant against Op­po­si­tion leader Im­ran Khan on con­tempt charges and or­dered po­lice to pro­duce the crick­eter­turned-politi­cian be­fore it on Oc­to­ber 26.

Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Sar­dar Raza Khan, head­ing a five-mem­ber bench, is­sued the war­rant against 64-year-old Khan af­ter he failed to ap­pear be­fore it or of­fer apol­ogy in the case. Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan urged the EC to de­lay the pro­ceed­ings till the Islamabad High Court de­cides the is­sue of the elec­tion com­mis­sion's ju­ris­dic­tion in con­tempt case., re­ports PTI.

In Pak­istan, elec­tion com­mis­sion can is­sue ar­rest war­rants.

Mean­while, Khan's Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf party said it would chal­lenge the de­ci­sion in the High Court. On Septem­ber 14, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) had is­sued a bail­able war­rant against Khan to en­sure his pres­ence in the case.

How­ever, his party ap­proached the Islamabad High Court which, on Septem­ber 20, sus­pended the bail­able ar­rest war­rants.

In the pre­vi­ous hear­ing, Khan, in his re­ply sub­mit­ted through his lawyer Babar Awan, had stated that he con­firmed the apol­ogy ten­dered by his pre­vi­ous coun­sel re­gard­ing the "con­temp­tu­ous" re­marks, adding that the con­tempt of court mat­ter is a "closed trans­ac­tion be­long­ing to the past".

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