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ECP issues non bailable arrests warrants of Imran Khan in contempt case

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued  non-bailable arrest warrants of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in contempt of court case.

The five-member ECP, bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, heard the case.

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

However, the PTI has said it will challenge the decision in the high court.

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 Islamabad High Court.

At the last hearing, on September 27, the ECP had adjourned the case until the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decides on the party’s petition regarding the proceedings.

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.

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.”

Khan stated that he confirms the apology tendered by his previous counsel, Saqlain Haider, regarding the “contemptuous” remarks, adding that the contempt of court matter is a “closed transaction belonging to the past.”

The PTI chief’s counsel then requested the ECP to withdraw the show-cause notice issued on September 24.