Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Imran Khan

ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrant against PTI Chief

Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Khurshid Shah on Thursday has advised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan to appear in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the next hearing.

The election commission's directive came over a contempt of court case filed against Khan for "repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology for absence in court". The warrants have been issued for the said date to ensure presence of the PTI chairman before the ECP on the next hearing. However, the court suspended the warrant following a petition from PTI.

The case was filed against Khan by PTI dissident and one of the party's founding members, Akbar S. Babar, reports Dawn news. Babar Awan, Chief Counsel of PTI told media that the EC has issued a fresh warrant in the same case in which it has already suspended another warrant last month.

The documents - detailing bank transactions in connection with Khan's assets and accounts of his offshore company, Niazi Services Ltd - are not verified and have been submitted very late in the case, Abbasi argued in his petition, submitted separately with his reply in the case.

Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that in contempt of court case, the issuance of nonbailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan is infringement and transgression of the law. "We will also look into whether this is contempt of the IHC's full bench or not, and then (the party) we will challenge it".

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