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ECP issues non-bailable warrants for Imran Khan
12 October 2017, 02:13 | Erica Roy
Pakistan Election Commission issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), on Thursday, issued non-bailable arrest warrants for October 26 against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a contempt case.
"We have chose to challenge the ECP order today because it is illegal and the commission has no jurisdiction to issue any arrest warrants for a political leader", Khan's spokesman Naeemul Haq told Anadolu Agency.
Khan's lawyer Babar Awan says he will again appeal the motion before the High Court.
Naeemul Haq, spokesperson of PTI stated that the party will file a review petition in the Islamabad high court against the order.
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".
It had then issued a formal show-cause notice to the PTI chairman, asking him to submit a reply by August 23.
The ECP had ordered Imran to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 until September 25 and nominate two persons who would ensure payment of the amount and be held responsible otherwise.
The move comes after Khan repeatedly failed to appear before the five-member bench of the electoral commission.
Shinwari claims the commission has the constitutional right to issue arrest warrants.
The electoral body is hearing a case on alleged illegal foreign funding against Khan that had been filed against him by a party dissident Akbar S. Babar in November 2014. 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.
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