Election Commission of Pakistan issues non-bailable arrest against Imran Khan

ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran

Minister for Privatization Daniyal Aziz has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan is a proclaimed offender in a case of terrorism, but is not being arrested.

Last month, the cricketer-turned-politician had submitted a reply with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a contempt of court.

Former PTI leader Akbar S. Babar had filed the petition in January this year, regarding the party's alleged receipt of illegal foreign-funding.

The PTI is set to challenge the warrants in the Islamabad High Court.

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.




The ECP ordered the police to arrest Imran and present him before the commission on October 26.

On Thursday, Advocate Shahid Gondil told the court that the case, pertaining to the ECP's jurisdiction to hear the plea, was pending in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

They said that the decision to arrest Imran Khan is based on discrimination, adding that the ECP is not a competent authority to issue such warrant and due to its biased attitude it can not hold fair elections either.

Addressing the media, PTI's Babar Awan said the ECP has issued a non-bailable warrant in a case where a bailable warrant has already been dismissed by the IHC. "We will also look into whether this is contempt of the IHC's full bench or not, and then (the party) we will challenge it".

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