ECP issues Imran Khan, aides’ bailable arrest warrants in contempt case

admin 10 January, 2023
Updated 2023/01/10 at 6:41 AM
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ECP bench adjourns hearing of contempt proceedings against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his aides till January 17

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and celebration leaders Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry in a contempt case against them.

The electoral watchdog had obtained the Supreme Court’s nod to hold its contempt complaints against the previous ultimate and his aides remaining week.

Today, a four-member bench of ECP headed by means of Nisar Durrani issued the arrest warrants of the PTI leaders in the course of the contempt proceeding, even as rejecting their pleas for exemption from look. The fee had reserved the verdict on their pleas on January three.

The bench directed Khan and others to seem before it at the next hearing that is scheduled on January 17.

ECP directs Imran, Asad , Fawad to seem
In line with the ultimate week’s directives by way of the apex court docket, the ECP on Monday ordered Khan, Umar and Fawad to seem before it on the next date of listening to inside the contempt case.

However, none of the three regarded earlier than the 4-member ECP bench. Instead Khan and Fawad’s counsel Ali Bukhari regarded earlier than the bench and advised that Fawad’s mother is hospitalised, hence, he couldn’t appear earlier than the bench.

He additionally submitted Khan’s clinical certificates and stated that his client became no longer allowed to tour by means of the medical doctors.

Meanwhile, Umar’s attorney additionally knowledgeable the bench of cause for his absence from the listening to.

“We have carried out against the display cause observe, all the three cases are of the same nature. The hearing can be held together and I will provide a obligatory respond to the display motive on the subsequent date.”

On the event, the ECP DG law had stated that he had written within the display purpose word that it had been issued from the Election Commission.

The ECP bench said that warrants were being issued for the appearance of the events. To this, attorney Ali Bukhari said that if a warrant become issued, then their utility might not be heard.

At this, the ECP warned him that the body might problem warrants for PTI leaders if they don’t make sure their presence on the following hearing.

Later, the ECP adjourned the listening to until January 17.

It may be recalled that in August final 12 months the ECP had issued a contempt word to Imran, Asad and Fawad for insulting the commission at some stage in various public conferences, press meetings and several interviews. The note charged that they insulted and passed unparliamentary, intemperate and contemptuous comments against the electoral body on various occasions.

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