Govt. will arrest Imran Khan as per ECP directions

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that if Election commission of Pakistan ordered government to arrest Imran khan then law will take its course and we will arrest him according to law.

The PM gave the statements during an interview to a private news channel. The host had asked him a question pertaining to the ECP directing police to arrest the PTI chief in the contempt of court case, after Imran’s persistent failure to appear before the institution.

“Would the directions be acted upon?” the host had asked to which Abbasi had said if there existed such an order then it would be carried out.

Then there came the much-dreaded question when it was asked what if the National Accountability Court orders the same in the references case against former PM Nawaz Sharif.

The premier responded that if the accountability court gave such a verdict then it would be implemented too as there was no choice.

PM Abbasi and members of his cabinet will meet Nawaz Sharif in London today to discuss various critical issues. The visit comes before the PM arrives in New York to participate in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commencing from September 18.

The ECP had ordered the Islamabad Police on Friday to arrest Imran Khan and produce before it on September 25.

The warrant is bailable and mentions that Imran may be let go by the police if and when he submits bail of Rs100,000 along with two sureties and vows to continue attending the ECP hearings unless otherwise stated.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Accountability Court has summoned former prime minister Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan on September 19. The summons has been issued on the basis of the reference against Nawaz Sharif and his family regarding ownership of offshore companies that was filed by the NAB.

NAB had filed on September 8 three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the court in light of the Supreme Court’s directives in the Panama Papers verdict of July 28.