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Pak EC seeks arrest of Imran Khan on contempt charges

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's commission today issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Opposition leader Imran Khan on contempt charges and ordered police to produce the cricketer-turned-politician before it on October 26.

Chief Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan, heading a five-member bench, issued the warrant against 64-year-old Khan after he failed to appear before it or offer apology in the case.


Khans lawyer Babar Awan urged the EC to delay the proceedings till the High decides the issue of the commission's jurisdiction in contempt case.

In Pakistan, commission can issue arrest warrants.

Meanwhile, Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party said it would challenge the decision in the High

On September 14, the Commission of (ECP) had issued a bailable warrant against Khan to ensure his presence in the case.

However, his party approached the High which, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants.

In the previous hearing, Khan, in his reply submitted through his lawyer Babar Awan, had stated that he confirmed the apology tendered by his previous counsel regarding the "contemptuous" remarks, adding that the contempt of matter is a "closed transaction belonging to the past".

His counsel then requested the ECP to withdraw a show- cause notice issued on September 24.

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

Akbar Babar, the petitioner who had filed the foreign funding case against the PTI leadership, had informed the ECP that Khan had accused it of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 18:58 IST
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