Arrest warrants issued for Imran for 'repeatedly failing to appear' before ECP

Arrest warrants issued for Imran for 'repeatedly failing to appear' before ECP

Imran Khan, the legendary cricketer and the founder of PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) has been issued a non-bailable warrant by the election commission of Pakistan.

It was reported that the non-bailable warrant was issued against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in contempt of court case.

A larger bench of the court, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, observed on Wednesday, that it would hear the case only after the ECP gives its decision.

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".

The ECP had ordered Imran to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 until September 25 and nominate two persons who would ensure payment of the amount and be held responsible otherwise.

Later, the ECP adjourned the hearing until Oct 26.

"Therefore the Election Commission of Pakistan has no power to proceed for contempt", he argued, until the provision is amended by an act of parliament.

During the meeting, the ECP chose to issue non-bailable warrants for Khan.

The case was filed against Khan by PTI dissident and one of the party's founding members, Akbar S. Babar, reports Dawn news. "We will also look into whether this is contempt of the IHC's full bench or not, and then (the party) we will challenge it", said PTI member and Khan's chief counsel Babar Awan.