Imran Khan says ECP has no authority to issue his arrest warrant

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LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) does not have the authority to issue arrest warrants.

“The ECP has never heard a contempt of case before this,” Khan told reporters at a joint press conference with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri. He added that the ECP is working at the behest of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Earlier in the day, ECP had issued bailable arrest warrants for the PTI chief for not appearing before a five-member bench hearing contempt proceedings against him.

Khan said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz disrespects the judiciary on a daily basis.

“Maryam is behaving like a deputy prime minister in the run-up to the by-polls in NA-120,” he said.

The PTI leader mocked the ECP’s directives against taking out a rally within the NA-120 constituency, saying no power could stop him from going to Data Darbar.

Addressing reporters, PAT’s Dr Qadri said that the nation has to make a decision if it wants to see a powerful judiciary or not.

“Nawaz doesn’t even consider his voters as humans. The so-called development projects all revolve around his corruption,” he added.

“On September 17, please decide if you are supporting the law or dacoits and country’s looters,” Qadri said.

Reacting to PML-N claims that the former premier was disqualified due to Iqama, Qadri said that “you were disqualified for your dishonesty. You were disqualified because you concealed facts and forged official documents.”

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