Contempt case: ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran

Contempt case: ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran

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.

He said Imran Khan did not declare his London flat in his tax returns and nomination papers for elections.

EC authorities have reportedly asked the former cricketer to present himself before the commission on 26 October. The five-member bench of the top poll supervisory body announced its decision during the contempt of court hearing against the PTI chief filed by dissident party leader, Akbar S Babar. He further argued that the high court is going to hear a petition on the ECP's powers in connection with contempt of court hearings, DAWN reported.

At the previous hearing on September 25, the PTI chief, in his reply submitted through his lawyer Babar Awan, stated that "I respect the ECP and believe in the supremacy of institutions".

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The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his "scandalous remarks" about the commission.

On September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case. Imran and Babar have been embroiled in a legal battle before the ECP and Islamabad High Court for the last three years.

Later, the ECP adjourned the hearing until Oct 26.

IHC's larger bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, suspended the top electoral body's order while directing counsel for the PTI Babar Awan to submit a reply to the show-cause notice duly signed by Khan before the ECP by September 25.

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