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

ECP has issued orders to the authorities to present Imran Khan before the commission on October 26

ECP has issued orders to the authorities to present Imran Khan before the commission on October 26

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.

Earlier on September 14, the bench had issued bailable arrest warrants for Khan after his repeated failure to appear in contempt of court proceedings at the commission but the Islamabad High Court later suspended the warrants after PTI's petition.

The ECP has ordered that the PTI chairman be arrested and brought to the next hearing of the case filed by PTI dissident and one of the party's founding members, Akbar S. Babar, on October 26. The warrants have been issued for the said date to ensure presence of the PTI chairman before the ECP on the next hearing.

The cricketer-turned-politician had accused the ECP of being biased in the foreign-funding case following which his counsel had tendered an apology with the commission. During the meeting, the ECP made a decision to issue non-bailable warrants for Khan.

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. And after Khan's repeated failures to address the commission, ECP issued a formal show-cause notice, asking him to reply by August 23.

Earlier in July, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad had issued orders to confiscate the properties and assets of Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri for repeatedly failing to appear in hearings of terrorism cases registered against them.

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