ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrants Imran Khan
EC decision of issuance of non bailable arrest warrant of Imran Khan biased: PTI
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.