Imran Khan has refused to accept powers of institutions: PML-N

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

The ECP held hearing in the contempt of court case against Imran Khan over his repeated failures to appear before the ECP bench or send a written apology to the ECP for his absence.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday slammed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the clash of the party's lawyers with security officials outside accountability court.

Daniyal said Imran Khan was running away from judicial proceedings and was not appearing before the courts.

During Thursday's hearing - headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (r) Sardar Muhammad Raza - the ECP suspended the proceedings as soon as they began and the members reconvened in the chambers. The ECP had directed Khan to submit his reply by September 25. On the PTI's petition, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had later suspended the arrest warrants. Later, when the PTI chief did not submit any response, the ECP issued a second show-cause notice to him on August 24.

He said Imran cast aspersions against a constitutional body.

On Thursday, Advocate Shahid Gondil told the court that the case, pertaining to the ECP's jurisdiction to hear the plea, was pending in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

He has contended before the IHC bench that the ECP had been provided with the power to prosecute contempt through Section 103-A of the Representation of Peoples Act 1976, and it was not amended to the extent of the Ordinance of 2003.

The petition accuses the PTI leader of not declaring his assets to Election Commission of Pakistan.

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