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12 October 2017, 02:11 | Opal Carroll
Contempt of court: ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran
"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.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for PakistanTehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the contempt of court case against him for "repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology to the ECP for his absence in court".
Addressing the media, PTI's Babar Awan said the ECP has issued a non-bailable warrant in a case where a bailable warrant has already been dismissed by the Islamabad High Court.
The five-member ECP Bench was headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza heard the case.
However, the PTI approached the IHC which, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants.
He said the judges are also demanding the police bring Khan in for a hearing scheduled for October 26.
The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his "scandalous remarks" about the commission.
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. "We will also look into whether this is contempt of the IHC's full bench or not, and then (the party) we will challenge it".
"Therefore the Election Commission of Pakistan has no power to proceed for contempt", he argued, until the provision is amended by an act of parliament.
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