Pakistan Election Commission issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Imran Khan

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On the other hand, ECP issued non-bailable warrants against Imran Khan in contempt of court case and ordered the authorities to present him before the commission on October 26 by arresting him.

The warrants have been issued for the said date to ensure presence of the PTI chairman before the ECP on the next hearing.

Imran Khan's counsel Babar Awan, who is representing him in the Election Commission, also submitted the order of Islamabad High Court suspending the arrest warrant. Imran and Babar have been embroiled in a legal battle before the ECP and Islamabad High Court for the last three years.

Later, the warrants were suspended by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) after the accused party moved the court on September 20.

The IHC has yet to decide on Imran's petition challenging the power of the top poll body to prosecute a contempt case.

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The ECP had said that the decision would be announced after reviewing the reply of the PTI chairman on September 27.

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.

The PTI chief's counsel then requested the ECP to withdraw the show-cause notice issued on September 24.

Babar Awan assured the court that the PTI chairman would reply to the ECP's show-cause notice with regards to contempt proceedings against him.

The case begun on Abbasi's petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan and Jehangir Tareen over the non-disclosure of assets, existence of offshore companies, as well as PTI being a foreign-aided party.

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