ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has written to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operation for execution of non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.
The Commission’s Director General (Legal) wrote a letter to the SSP Operation, Islamabad, asking him to arrest and produce Khan before the ECP on Oct 26 when it is scheduled to take up a contempt of court case against him.
A day earlier, the PTI chief had decided to ‘voluntarily’ appear before the Commission on October 26.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Khan after his confidants suggested him to make appearance before the election commission.
The ECP had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the PTI chief over his ‘perpetual absence’ during the contempt proceedings against him.
The five-member ECP, bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, was hearing a petition filed by the PTI dissident – Akbar S. Babar – when it issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Khan.
The top electoral body ordered the police to arrest the PTI chief and produce him before the commission on October 26.
The party’s legal wizard, Babar Awan, had termed the arrest warrants for the party chief as ‘illegal’and ‘unconstitutional’.
“The commission has surprisingly issued warrants in the same case where a previous one was suspended by a full-bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC),” he remarked.
The party would challenge the directives of the electoral regulatory body in the IHC, Awan added.