Pakistan EC issues non-bailable warrant against Imran Khan

PTI chief Imran Khan

PTI chief Imran Khan

In a written response that accompanied the documents, Imran said that he had mentioned the transfer of the money from his account to Jemima's in financial documents submitted before the Election Commission of Pakistan in 2003.

Pakistan's election commission is seeking the arrest of the country's top opposition leader, cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan, on contempt charges.

Naeemul Haq, spokesperson of PTI stated that the party will file a review petition in the Islamabad high court against the order.

The five-member ECP, bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, heard the case.

Following this, the Bench has ordered authorities to arrest Imran Khan and present him before the commission on Oct 26.

Meanwhile, Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party said it would challenge the decision in the high court.

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.

Earlier on September 14, the ECP had issued bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan following his failure to show up for the contempt of court proceeding, which were later suspended by the IHC on the PTI's petition. 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.

This is the first time the commission has issued non-bailable warrant for him.

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