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Pakistan Election Commission issues warrant against Imran Khan

Politician and former cricketer, Imran Khan(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons). Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 14, 2017, 11.02 AM (IST)

A bailable arrest warrant has been issued against Imran Khan by Pakistan's Election Commission(ECP) after the cricketer-turned-politician repeatedly failed to appear before the court in a contempt case.

The case against the Tehrrek-e-Insaf chief was filed by a dissident from his party Akbar S Babar. 

The counsel of Imran Khan, Babar Awan argued that the Tehrrek-e-Insaf chief Khan had returned to the country just an hour ago. 

The ECP said in its order that Khan should submit a surtey bond of Rs 100,000 until September 25 to avoid arrest and also appear before the court that day for hearing in person. 

In the past month, ECP had issued a second show-cause notice to Khan after he failed to reply to the earlier notice regarding the contempt of court proceedings against him, PTI reported. 

Khan had initially challenged the maintainability of contempt petition raising objections against ECP's jurisdiction to initiate court proceedings against him. 

However, the commission on August 10 declared that it had the legal right to hear the contempt case. The ECP, then, issued a formal show-cause notice to Khan, asking him to submit a reply by August 23. 

Imran Khan had accused ECP of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel had tendered an apology with the commission, PTI reports. 
 

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