Imran should respect institutions and appear in ECP: Khurshid Shah

Imran should respect institutions and appear in ECP: Khurshid Shah

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan over his 'perpetual absence'during the contempt proceedings against him.

Earlier on Sept 15, the ECP had ordered Imran Khan to appear before it but later issued bailable arrest warrants after the PTI chief failed to appear.

The ECP has directed the authorities to appear the accused before the bench on October 26 after arresting him.

PTI leader Babar Awan declared the ECP decision unconstitutional and said the party will file a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the verdict. 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.

On September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case, besides directing him to submit a surety bond of Rs100,000 until September 25.


Renewing his previous stance, Awan maintained that the regulatory body lacked subject matter jurisdiction to conduct contempt proceedings.

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.

The CEC had observed that it will issue its order in the contempt case if the IHC does not decide the case on October 11.

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

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