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Pakistan's Election Commission slaps non-bailable warrant against PTI Chairman Imran Khan

12 October 2017

Pakistan's election commission today sought the arrest of Opposition leader Imran Khan on contempt charges after the cricketer-turned-politician accused it of bias.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued on Thursday non-bailable arrest warrants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in relation to a contempt of court case against him.

Naeemul Haq, spokesperson of PTI stated that the party will file a review petition in the Islamabad high court against the order.

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In the hearing headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, the ECP suspended proceedings as soon as they began and the members reconvened in the chambers.

At the previous hearing on September 25, the PTI chief, in his reply submitted through his lawyer Babar Awan, stated that "I respect the ECP and believe in the supremacy of institutions".

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. 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.

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Babar Awan, PTI member, and Khan's chief counsel said in a statement, "A new warrant is issued in the same case where a (bailable) warrant was already suspended".

Shinwari claims the commission has the constitutional right to issue arrest warrants.

It had then issued a formal show-cause notice to the PTI chairman, asking him to submit a reply by August 23.

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Pakistan's Election Commission slaps non-bailable warrant against PTI Chairman Imran Khan