Saturday, July 21, 2018
News

Pakistan poll panel issues arrest warrant for Imran Khan

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued a bailable arrest warrant for PTI chief Imran Khan following his failure to show up for the contempt of court proceedings.

The electoral body also ordered the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman to submit surety bonds of Rs 100,000 till September 25 to avoid arrest, the News International reported.

Hearing the contempt of court case against Khan filed by PTI dissident and one of the founding members, Akbar S. Babar, the poll panel ordered the cricketer-turned-politician to appear before the court on September 25.

The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his "scandalous remarks" about the commission. He also accused the body of being biased in a foreign funding case.

Khan's counsel Babar Awan argued on Thursday that the PTI chief was abroad and had returned to the country just an hour ago.

"Imran Khan respects the Election Commission and will appear before the ECP whenever it orders," Dawn quoted Awan as saying.

However, the petitioner's lawyer said that the ECP had ordered Khan to appear before it but he kept ignoring the directions. "If he respected state institutions, he should have been here," the lawyer added.

The ECP, which reserved its judgment in the contempt case, had last month issued a second showcause notice to the PTI chief after he failed to reply to the earlier notice regarding the contempt of court proceedings against him.

Raising objections over the ECP's jurisdiction to initiate contempt proceedings against him, the PTI chief had initially challenged the maintainability of the contempt petition.

The ECP, however, declared on August 10 that it had the legal right to hear the contempt case and had then issued a formal showcause notice to the PTI chairman, asking him to submit a reply by August 23.

--IANS amit/soni/bg

( 317 Words)

2017-09-14-14:48:07 (IANS)

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE ASIA NEWS
Missing Pakistani activist returns home ...
Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket prices unveil...
4 injured in Pakistan bombing...
Olympics-Tokyo 2020 needs foreign help ...
Pakistan enhances security ahead of gene...
Fakhar becomes first Pakistani batsman t...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Radhanagari irrigation dam overflows...
Modi voices confidence over winning 2019...
Prime Minister spoke with arrogance, say...
Sonia terms Modi speech as old rhetoric,...
Thane police charges dead man with murde...
Japanese delegation discusses Mum-Ahmeda...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Sagan wins Tour de France 13th stag... 
Dollar declines amid Trump comments... 
US tourist boat accident toll rises... 
Lin-Manuel Miranda to make director... 
Modi voices confidence over winning... 
Sonia terms Modi speech as old rhet... 
Radhanagari irrigation dam overflow... 
Thane police charges dead man with ...