Khursheed Shah advises Imran Khan to appear before ECP

Aaron Brown
October 13, 2017

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 election commission's directive came over a contempt of court case filed against Khan for "repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology for absence in court".

Former PTI leader Akbar S. Babar had filed the petition in January this year, regarding the party's alleged receipt of illegal foreign-funding.

Following this, the Bench has ordered authorities to arrest Imran Khan and present him before the commission on Oct 26.

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Talking to reporters, PTI leader Naeemul Haq said that the issuance of the arrest warrant of Imran Khan is a condemnable act, adding that the decision will be challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

"A new warrant is issued in the same case where a bailable warrant was already suspended". Issuing the warrant the ECP directed that Khan should "be arrested and brought for the next hearing of the case".

Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan ordered the police to arrest the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman and bring him before the bench on October 26. 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. PTI had submitted an apology in the defence, however, Imran Khan once again fueled the controversy stating that he had not apologised and the apology letter submitted was in the personal capacity of Babar Awan, the chief counsel of PTI.

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