ECP non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran

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Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

A five member bench of Election Commission of Pakistan headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice retired Sardar Raza Khan on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in contempt of court case.
The ECP ordered the police to arrest Imran and present him before the commission on October 26.
However, the PTI said it will challenge the decision in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
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.
At the previous hearing on September 25, the PTI chief, in his reply submitted through his lawyer Babar Awan, stated that he “respects the ECP and believes” 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.
On September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case.
The ECP had ordered Imran to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 by September 25 and nominate two persons who would ensure payment of the amount and be held responsible otherwise.
Imran was also ordered to appear on that day in the commission in person.
However, the PTI approached the IHC which, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants.
The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his remarks against the commission.