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EC issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan

EC issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Daniyal Aziz on Thursday stated that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will be presented before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The ECP ordered that the PTI chief "be arrested and brought for the next hearing of the case" filed by PTI dissident and one of the party's founding members, Akbar S. Babar, on October 26.

Earlier on September 14, the bench had issued bailable arrest warrants for Khan after his repeated failure to appear in contempt of court proceedings at the commission but the Islamabad High Court later suspended the warrants after PTI's petition.

PTI chief Imran Khan. Imran and Babar have been embroiled in a legal battle before the ECP and Islamabad High Court for the last three years.

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Speaking about the ongoing corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Aziz went on to say they had raised objections to every page that had been submitted by the witnesses in the proceedings against Dar, as these documents aren't proven.

"We have made a decision to challenge the ECP order today because it is illegal and the commission has no jurisdiction to issue any arrest warrants for a political leader", Khan's spokesman Naeemul Haq told Anadolu Agency.

He has contended before the IHC bench that the ECP had been provided with the power to prosecute contempt through Section 103-A of the Representation of Peoples Act 1976, and it was not amended to the extent of the Ordinance of 2003.

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.


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