ECP is­sues non-bail­able ar­rest war­rants Im­ran Khan

EC de­ci­sion of is­suance of non bail­able ar­rest war­rant of Im­ran Khan bi­ased: PTI

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ISLAMABAD: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) on Thurs­day is­sued non-bail­able ar­rest war­rants for Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf (PTI) Chair­man Im­ran Khan in the con­tempt of court case against him.

The ECP has or­dered that the PTI chair­man be ar­rested and brought to the next hear­ing of the case filed by PTI dis­si­dent and one of the party's found­ing mem­bers, Ak­bar S. Babar, on Oc­to­ber 26.

Ac­cord­ing to PTI Spokesper­son Naeemul Haq, the party is set to chal- lenge the war­rants in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Ear­lier on Septem­ber 14, the ECP had is­sued bail­able ar­rest war­rants for Im­ran Khan fol­low­ing his fail­ure to show up for the con­tempt of court pro­ceed­ing, which were later sus­pended by the IHC on the PTI's pe­ti­tion.

In Au­gust, the ECP had is­sued a sec­ond show-cause no­tice to Im­ran Khan af­ter he failed to re­ply to the ear­lier no­tice re­gard­ing the con­tempt of court pro­ceed­ings against him. Im­ran Khan had ini­tially chal­lenged main­tain­abil­ity of the con- tempt pe­ti­tion and raised ob­jec­tions over ECP’s ju­ris­dic­tion to ini­ti­ate con­tempt pro­ceed­ings against him; the com­mis­sion, how­ever, de­clared on Au­gust 10 that it had the le­gal right to hear the con­tempt case.

While, PTI lead­ers have con­demned the is­suance of non bail­able ar­rest war­rant of Im­ran Khan by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

They said that the de­ci­sion to ar­rest Im­ran Khan is based on dis­crim­i­na­tion and nar­row mind­ed­ness. They said EC is not a com­pe­tent author­ity to is­sue such war­rant.

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