Contempt of court: ECP issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran

12 October, 2017, 13:09 | Author: Wade Massey
  • ECP has issued orders to the authorities to present Imran Khan before the commission on October 26

PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi in his petition submitted on Thursday requested the Supreme Court (SC) not to consider the documents recently submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in the ongoing disqualification case.

In a statement, Khurshid Shah said that Imran should respect government institutions and ensure his appearance in ECP.

Earlier on Sept 15, the ECP had ordered Imran Khan to appear before it but later issued bailable arrest warrants after the PTI chief failed to appear. Imran and Babar have been embroiled in a legal battle before the ECP and Islamabad High Court for the last three years.

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.

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Renewing his previous stance, Awan maintained that the regulatory body lacked subject matter jurisdiction to conduct contempt proceedings. He further argued that the high court is going to hear a petition on the ECP's powers in connection with contempt of court hearings, DAWN reported.

Later, the ECP adjourned the hearing until Oct 26.

In his written reply during last hearing on Monday, Imran Khan said that he had filed an apology through his lawyer Saqlain Haider, adding that he had never opposed the apology.

During a previous hearing, the larger bench had suspended ECP's bailable warrants of arrest against the PTI chairman in the contempt case, while his counsel, Babar Awan, was directed to submit a reply to ECP's show-cause notice, duly signed by Imran by September 25.

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