Pakistan EC issues non-bailable warrant against Imran Khan

Pakistan EC issues non-bailable 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).

"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.

The warrants have been issued for the said date to ensure presence of the PTI chairman before the ECP on the next hearing. 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.

In the previous hearing, 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".

Election Commission of Pakistan has issued a non-bailable warrant against Founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan.

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.

Shinwari claims the commission has the constitutional right to issue arrest warrants. Later, when the PTI chief did not submit any response, the ECP issued a second show-cause notice to him on August 24.

However, the PTI approached the IHC which, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants. "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", said PTI member and Khan's chief counsel Babar Awan.