Election Commission issues non-bailable arrest warrant for Imran Khan

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Thursday (October 12) issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Pakistani lawmaker Imran Khan for contempt of court, Dawn reported.

Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has been accused of illegally receiving foreign funding. He has repeatedly failed to appear before the five-member ECP.

The ECP had previously issued bailable arrest warrants for Khan on September 14 over his failure to show up for a contempt of court proceeding. Those warrants were later suspended by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) after a petition from the PTI.

The new arrest warrants were issued because of Khan's repeated failure to appear for the hearing and his failure to send a written apology to the ECP for his absence in court, according to Dawn. The ECP ordered Khan's arrest and that he be brought for a hearing on October 26.

PTI is planning to challenge the warrants in the IHC, according to Naeemul Haq, a party spokesperson.

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