ECP issues Imran Khan's non-bailable arrest warrants in contempt case

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The Election Commission of Pakistan Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan in a contempt of court case against him.

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

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

Talking to media persons outside the ECP building, Khan's counsel Babar Awan termed the arrest warrants for the party chief as "illegal'and 'unconstitutional". He said the decision was hastily announced without determining the jurisdictions.

Earlier, a bailable warrant was issued against the PTI chief when he reportedly failed to appear before the court.

The IHC has yet to decide on Imran's petition challenging the power of the top poll body to prosecute a contempt case. Imran and Babar have been embroiled in a legal battle before the ECP and Islamabad High Court for the last three years.

Last month, the cricketer-turned-politician had submitted a reply with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a contempt of court.

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

During the proceeding, Awan then said that his client had taken back the "scandalous remarks" against the commission, hence the issue was resolved, adding that Khan had made an unconditional apology on the matter.