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ECP issues Imran Khan's non-bailable arrest warrants in contempt case

12 October 2017

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a contempt of court case for "repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology for absence in court".

Imran Khan's counsel Babar Awan, who is representing him in the Election Commission, also submitted the order of Islamabad High Court suspending the arrest warrant. The case was filed against Khan by PTI dissident and one of the party's founding members, Akbar S. Babar, reports Dawn news. He said PTI is getting foreign funding and every detail was on record.

In August, the ECP had issued a second show-cause notice to Khan after he failed to reply to an earlier notice regarding the contempt of court proceedings against him.

Calling the court proceedings against Imran as sponsored action, he said that some political quarters are engaged to distract democratic reforms' process and such cases against his client were being filed under a malicious design.

However, the PTI approached the IHC which, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants.

Khan had initially raised objections over ECP's jurisdiction to initiate contempt proceedings against him.

The PTI chief's counsel then requested the ECP to withdraw the show-cause notice issued on September 24.

Khan stated that he confirms the apology tendered by his previous counsel, Saqlain Haider, regarding the "contemptuous" remarks, adding that the contempt of court matter is a "closed transaction belonging to the past".

On Oct 11, the high court observed that it would hear the case only after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) gives its decision.

In 2014, Babar moved the ECP to disqualify PTI Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly taking funds from illegal sources and irregularities in the bank accounts of the party.

ECP issues Imran Khan's non-bailable arrest warrants in contempt case