Monday, 18 December, 2017

Pakistan's election body seeks arrest of Imran Khan on contempt charges

ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrant against PTI Chief Pakistan's election body seeks arrest of Imran Khan on contempt charges
Melinda Barton | 12 October, 2017, 13:08

On September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case, besides directing him to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 until September 25.

Talking to media persons outside the ECP building, Khan's counsel Babar Awan termed the arrest warrants for the party chief as "illegal'and 'unconstitutional".

On the other hand, ECP issued non-bailable warrants against Imran Khan in contempt of court case and ordered the authorities to present him before the commission on October 26 by arresting him. The commission, however, declared on August 10 that it had the legal right to hear the contempt case and then issued a formal show-cause notice to him asking for submission of a reply by August 23.

Hearing his arguments, the bench had reserved its verdict in the case.

During last hearing on September 27, the CEC had remarked that the ECP will announce its decision on October 12 after observing the Islamabad High Court's ruling for the petition, filed by the PTI against the commission to conduct hearing of contempt case.

Meanwhile, the PTI said it would challenge the decision in the high court.

The case begun on Abbasi's petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan and Jehangir Tareen over the non-disclosure of assets, existence of offshore companies, as well as PTI being a foreign-aided party.

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".

Babar is also one of the founding members of the PTI.