Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan in a contempt case.

Pakistan's election commission is seeking the arrest of the country's top opposition leader, cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan, on contempt charges.

EC authorities have reportedly asked the former cricketer to present himself before the commission on 26 October.

PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haq said the party will challenge the warrant in the Islamabad High Court, as reported by the Dawn news.

The ECP had said that the decision would be announced after reviewing the reply of the PTI chairman on September 27.


The CEC had observed that it will issue its order in the contempt case if the IHC does not decide the case on October 11.

The warrants have been issued for the said date to ensure presence of the PTI chairman before the ECP on the next hearing. Later, when the PTI chief did not submit any response, the ECP issued a second show-cause notice to him on August 24.

The documents - detailing bank transactions in connection with Khan's assets and accounts of his offshore company, Niazi Services Ltd - are not verified and have been submitted very late in the case, Abbasi argued in his petition, submitted separately with his reply in the case.

Later, the ECP adjourned the hearing until Oct 26.

Akbar Babar, the petitioner who had filed the foreign funding case against the PTI leadership, had informed the ECP that the PTI chief had accused it of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission.

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