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Tuesday January 10, 2023

ECP Issues Arrest Warrants for Imran Khan, Other PTI Leaders in Contempt Case

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for PTI Chairman Imran Khan, and other party leaders in a contempt case.

A four-member bench of the top electoral body has rejected the exemption pleas filed by the Mr Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, Asad Umar and others. It has directed the former prime minister and PTI bigwigs to sumbit surety bonds of Rs50,000 each to get bail. 

The ECP had reserved the verdict of the case some time ago.

Last week, the Supreme Court (SC) had allowed the election watchdog to continue its proceedings against the PTI chief and other party leaders in contempt case filed against them over controversial remarks against the electoral body.

The decision was announced by a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Ayesha A Malik but it has restrained the ECP from issuing a final order.

Last year, the top electoral body initiated contempt proceedings against the PTI leaders for allegedly using foul language against Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja and ECP. It has served several notices on them, asking them to appear in person and explain their point of view.

However, the PTI leaders did not appear before the ECP and later challenged its powers to initiate contempt proceedings under Section 10 of the Election Act 2017 in different high courts.

The Section 10 of the election act states that the “election commission may exercise the same power as the high court to punish any person for contempt of court and the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 (V of 2003), or any other law pertaining to contempt of court shall have effect accordingly[…]”

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